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South Shore recalls Summer Breeze chest

More than 3,700 units recalled in North America due to tip-over, entrapment hazard

South Shore chest Summer Breeze chest
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Case goods manufacturer South shore Inds. Ltd of Canada is recalling about 3,755 chests that are believed to pose a tip-over and entrapment hazard.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of South Shore’s Summer Breeze five-drawer chest this week. It includes about 3,500 units sold in the U.S., 250 sold in Canada and five in Mexico.

No injuries have been reported. However, the CPSC said the chests are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, which poses a tip-over and entrapment threat that could result in serious injuries or death to children. According to the CPSC, the chests do not comply with ASTM F2057-14, a voluntary industry standard.

The units included in the recall have the model number 3746035 printed on a label on the back of the chest and on the assembly guide. The chests are 44 inches high, 31 inches wide and are 16 inches deep and weigh 88 pounds, according to the CPSC.

Made in Canada, they were sold at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, wayfair.com and other online retailers from April 2014 through December 2016 for about $160.

The CPSC advised consumers to stop using any recalled chest that is not properly anchored to the wall and put it in an area that children can’t access. It has also advised consumers to call South Shore for a full refund and free pick up of the chest, or for a tip-over restraint kit and a one-time in-home installation of the kit.

South Shore also is contacting consumers who purchased these chests directly to inform them of their options regarding the recall.

"Safety in general and particularly the safety of babies and children has always be a main priority in our over 75 years company’s history," said Nicole Basenach, who handles consumer relations for South Shore. "We were proactive with the safety of our consumers in mind and included the security bracket voluntary for over 6 years in all our furniture pieces over 30 inches."

She added that the company has worked "proactively with the CPSC and with all our distributors to reach out to our consumers to re-emphasize the need to install the bracket that was already included in the product packaging or find alternate solutions. We have been actively working on including additional safety features and have various solutions identified to prevent the tip over risk in the future."

 

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today
trussell@furnituretoday.com

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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