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The Consumer Protection Safety Commission, in 2021, published a report on how many accidents happen involving a television set or furniture falling on top of someone. The report looked at the cases that were recorded between 2000 to 2019. Of the 571 people that died, 469 were children below 18 years old.

The CPSC, in 2018, published a similar report, and this one looked at the cases that occurred between 2000 and 2017. Five hundred forty-two people died during this period, 450 of which were children aged 14 years and below. There were 19 more children that had died between the two periods because either furniture or a TV set wasn’t anchored properly. It’s said that one child dies from furniture or a TV falling on them every two weeks.

The Reintroduction of The Bill 

An Illinois Democrat, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and Pennsylvania Senator, Robert Casey, are looking to make furniture safer by lobbying for implementing the Stop Tip-Overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers of Youth Act of 2021, also known as the STURDY Act. This legislation was first introduced in 2019, but it wasn’t considered. In February 2021, Casey and Schakowsky reintroduced it. So far, it has been co-sponsored by 15 people in the Senate, including New Jersey’s Corey Booker, Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal, and Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar. 

Consumer Reports claims that currently, there are only voluntary furniture stability standards. It isn’t a requirement for manufacturers to conduct safety tests before they put up furniture for sale. 

If this legislation becomes law, it will give the CPSC the responsibility of developing and enforcing mandatory stability standards for specific pieces of furniture, such as bureaus, dressers, and chests. This law is supported by many different consumer groups, including the likes of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Parents Against Tip-Overs ,