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Bolton Furniture recalls 1,000 dressers due to tip-over hazard

Company has voluntarily recalled pieces in five bedroom groups

dresser 1MORRISVILLE, Vt. – Youth furniture specialist Bolton Furniture is recalling about 1,000 dressers due to a potential tip-over hazard related to the pieces.

The company announced the recall on Tuesday, Jan. 31, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. No injuries have been reported, but the CPSC said the units are unstable if not anchored to the wall, which can result in a tip-over and entrapment of children that can lead to injuries and death.

The CPSC said the units also do not comply with the U.S. voluntary industry tip-over standard, ASTM F-2057.

The company is recalling 1,000 four-drawer dressers in its Cambridge 8614, Emma 8314, Essex, 6614, Wakefield 8014 and Woodridge 8414 bedroom groups. The dressers come in cherry, chestnut, espresso, honey, ivory, natural and white finishes and model names and numbers can be found on the QC/production sticker on the back of the dresser.

A company official said the recall initially targeted a dresser in its Wakefield collection. However it voluntarily expanded it to the other collections since they had similar pieces.

The units were made in China and Vietnam and imported by Bolton Furniture of Morrisville, Vt. They were sold at full line furniture stores and children’s specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Overstock.com, Target.com, ToysRUs.com, Wayfair.com, Zulilly.com and other online retailers from Feb. 1, 2011, through Sept. 9, 2016, for about $700.

"Although we were disappointed that a product we sell did not meet the requirement, we are pleased to report there have been no incidents, complaints or injuries reported to us," said Ted Weber, sales manager at Bolton. "At Bolton Furniture, it is our goal to provide a safe product to our customers."

Consumers have been advised to immediately stop using any recalled dresser that is not anchored to the wall and place it in an area children can’t access. They can also contact Bolton Furniture for a free retrofit kit.

Consumers can install the units themselves by using the retrofit kit or the tip restraint kit sold with the units. Or they can contact Bolton Furniture at 800-545-8982 for a free, one-time, in-home installation. Additional information is available on the news and safety recall section of www.boltonfurniture.biz.

Weber noted that the dressers can be easily fixed with a retro fit kit that he described as a counter weight that can be attached to the underside back rail of the 2-over-2 (four-drawer) chest.

"We will ship the retro fit kit to every dealer and/or consumer that requests it," Weber said, adding that the device brings its cases into compliance with ASTM-F2057-14.

He also noted that the company had each 2-over-2 four drawer chest tested by an independent lab with the retro fit kit installed and that they now comply with the voluntary standard. He added that all Bolton case pieces include an anti-tipping strap, which should be used to securely anchor the piece to the wall. If this strap is not being used, or has been misplaced, he said, the company will send another upon request.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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