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South Shore expands recall of Summer Breeze chests

Recall now affects 68,300 case pieces in different finishes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Canadian case goods manufacturer South Shore Furniture has expanded the recall of its Summer Breeze chests of drawers due to a tip-over and entrapment hazard.

South ShoreThe Summer Breeze chest in the royal cherry finish.
The company is recalling a total of 68,300 of the chests, which includes the 3,500 recalled in January.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the chests are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death or injuries to children. The CPSC said the chests also do not comply with the performance standards of U.S. voluntary industry standard ASTM F2057-14.

There have been no injuries related to the recalled chests, which were made in Canada and sold online at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Wayfair.com and other online retailers from February 2005 through December 2016 for about $160.

The original recall covered the Summer Breeze chest in a royal cherry finish, which bears the model number 3746035 or 3746035A. The expanded recall includes chests from the same collection in three other finishes including blueberry (3294035 or 3294035A); chocolate (3219035 or 3219035A) and white (3210035 or 3210035A).

According to the CPSC, the chests measure 44 inches high by 31 inches wide and 16-inches deep and weigh 88 pounds. Each drawer has two round knobs.

The CPSC has advised consumers to immediately stop using any of these chests that are not anchored to the wall and put them in an area that children cannot access.

South Shore officials said the company has developed a new and safer version of the Summer Breeze collection dresser that meets the voluntary industry standard ASTM F2057-14. The company said this version has already been back in the market for several weeks.

"The product conception was improved and stability revised, so that the product is now safe and childproof without any tip over restraint kit," South Shore said in a statement. "Safety, particularly the safety of babies and children, has always been a main priority in our over 75-years company’s history, and as we have been actively working on the tip over prevention, we were able to quickly comply with the new clarified standard and implement a new corrected version of the chest that is now available to our consumers."  

Consumers can contact South Shore for a full refund or a free tip-over restraint kit for the recalled models. Consumers who are unable or unwilling to install the tip restraint kit can contact South Shore for a free one-time in-home installation of the kit, the CPSC said.

South Shore can be reached at 800-290-0465 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information is also available at www.southshore.com under the recall information tab.

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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