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Child Fatality Prompts Recall Of 317,900 South Shore Furniture Chest of Drawers Due to Serious Tip-Over and Entrapment Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, along with South Shore Industries Ltd., of Canada, yesterday announced a voluntary recall about 317,900 chest of drawers because they 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.

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South Shore has received two reports of tip-over incidents involving the recalled chests of drawers. One report stated that a child received bruises on his leg and scratches.  Another incident reported a fatality involving a two year-old and an unanchored, empty 3-drawer chest.

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This recall involves Libra style 3-drawer chests of drawers sold in nine colors. Each drawer has one metal handle. The model number is printed on a label on the back of the chest. The chests measure 27½-inches high by 31¼-inches wide and 15½-inches deep and each weighs about 56 pounds. The model numbers and colors include:

Model Number Color
3046033 Royal Cherry
3070033 Black
3070223 Black
3159033 Chocolate
3159223 Chocolate
3050033 White
3050223 White
3113033 Natural Maple
10430 Soft Gray
10433 Gray Oak
10680 Country Pine
10682 Rustic Oak

3-drawer chests with the model numbers listed above that end in the letter A, B, C, D or E are also included in this recall.

south shore recall Label with model number on the back of the chests

Some models of the 3-drawer chests listed above were also sold as part of a three-piece bedroom set that also included a bed and nightstand.  Only the 3-drawer chests in the bedroom sets are included in this recall.

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Consumers should immediately stop using any recalled chest that is not properly anchored to the wall, and place it in an area that children cannot access.  Consumers should contact South Shore to select one of the following recall options:

•   Consumers can receive a full refund with free pick-up of the Chest;

•   Consumers can also remove the drawer slides from one side of the Chest and receive packaging along with a prepaid shipping label from the company to mail in the drawer slides for a full refund; or

•   Consumers can receive a free tip-over restraint kit and can request a one-time free in-home installation of the kit

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Lisa Arneill

SAHM of 2 boys and founder of GrowingYourBaby.com and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!

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