• Thomas Russell

Target recalls 178,000 Room Essentials four-drawer dressers

Units pose a tip-over hazard if not anchored to the wall

Room EssentialsThis four-drawer case piece is among those recalled by Target due to a potential tip-over hazard.
MINNEAPOLIS – Target has recalled 178,000 Room Essentials four-drawer chests in the U.S. and Canada due to a potential tip-over hazard that can occur when the units are not anchored to the wall.

The company has recalled 175,000 of the units in the U.S. and another 3,000 sold in Canada.

The company has received 12 reports of the units tipping or collapsing, including incidents where the units tipped over on two three-year old children. No injuries have been reported.

The recall involves the Room Essentials 4-Drawer dressers sold in three colors. The dressers measure 41 7/8 inches tall by 31 ½ inches wide by 15 11/16 inches deep. The model number 249-05-0103 (black), 249-05-0106 (espresso) or 249-0500109 (maple) is printed on the product’s packaging.

Made in Denmark, the units were sold at Target stores nationwide and at www.target.com from January 2013 through April 2016 for about $118.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has advised consumers to immediately stop using any recalled dresser not anchored to the wall and put in in an area that children cannot access. Consumers also have been advised to return the items to any Target store for a full refund.

In a statement Target spokesperson said that "Target is committed to providing high-quality and safe products for our guests." The company also is aiming to make the return process as simple as possible, noting that no receipt or proof of purchase is necessary to return a recalled Target-branded product to a Target store.

For more information, guests can contact Target Guest Relations at (800) 440-0680. Guests can also visit www.target.com , and on the bottom of the homepage click on the "recalls" link or the Recall Tab via the Target Facebook page.

Consumers can contact Target at 800-440-0680 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time daily or online at www.target.com and click on the recalls tab at the bottom of the page.

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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