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Ameriwood Home recalls 1.6 million Mainstays chests

CPSC says units pose a tip-over hazard if not properly anchored to the wall

TIFFIN, Ohio – Case goods manufacturer Ameriwood Home is recalling 1.6 million of its Mainstays four-drawer chests due to a tip-over and entrapment hazard.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the chests are unstable if not anchored to the wall, which could cause the piece to tip over and cause serious injuries or death of children.

The company has received one report of an injury after one of the chests tipped over on a four-year-old.

The recall, which also includes an additional 1,000 units sold in Canada, involves Ameriwood’s Mainstays four-drawer chests of drawers with plastic drawer glides and a single decorative pull on each drawer.

The composite wood chests were sold in six colors: alder, black forest, white, weathered oak, walnut and ruby red. The chests measure 40 5/16 inches high by 27 11/16 inches wide by 14 11/16 inches deep. Model numbers included in the recall are 5412012WP, 5412301WP, 5412328WP, 5412015WY, 5412301WY, 5412012PCOM, 5412015PCOM, 5412026PCOM, 5412213PCOM, 5412214PCOM, 5412301PCOM, 5412317PCOM, and 5412328PCOM. The model number is printed on the instruction manual.

Made in the U.S. and Canada, the chests were sold at Wal-Mart stores and other retailers nationwide and online at www.walmart.com from April 2009 through May 2016 for about $60.

The company was not immediately available for comment. However, the recall was conducted under the CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process, which are initiated by companies wishing to work with the CPSC to announce the recall sooner versus later to avoid further incidents and injuries.

The CPSC is recommending that consumers immediately stop using any recalled chest not properly anchored to the wall and place it in an area that children cannot access. Consumers can also contact Ameriwood for a free repair kit that includes a wall anchoring device and feet for the unit. Those who need additional help with installation should call Ameriwood for further assistance.

Rick Leckner, a spokesman for company parent Dorel Industries, said that the units are each sold with a tip-over restraint kit and that case pieces throughout its line meet the voluntary tip-over standard, ASTM F-2057-14.

He said the recall is a good reminder for consumers to make sure the pieces are properly restrained.

"Our objective is to make these things safe," he said, adding that it was important for the company to respond immediately once it heard of the one injury. "We are confident that with the restraint, the potential for tip-over is non-existent, but we don't want to take any chances."  

Consumers can contact the company toll free at 877-222-7460 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday, or visit www.Ameriwood.com and click on the Support tab for additional information.

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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