Democrats Demand Bureaucrats Regulate Bureaus More Heavily
Are you sitting down? Well, maybe you shouldn’t be, given the risks posed by America’s stock of dangerously unregulated furniture. A new bill in Congress aims to prevent deaths from tipped-over dressers.
“The furniture industry has been allowed to self-regulate for too long—and with tragic consequences, as a child is injured by tipped furniture every 17 minutes,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D–Conn.) in a press release promoting the Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act. “As kids spend more time at home due to the pandemic, unanchored or top-heavy furniture poses a greater than ever risk.”
Sens. Blumenthal, Bob Casey (D–Penn.), and Amy Klobuchar (D–Minn.) introduced the STURDY Act last Thursday. The legislation would require the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to develop more rigorous standards for dressers and other free-standing “clothing storage units” to prevent them from tipping over.
Deaths from falling furniture have attracted increased attention recently. According to the CPSC, which has released a series of reports on these incidents, 571 people, including 451 children, have died in the last 20 years from accidents involving unstable TVs, furniture, and appliances.
Most of these fatalities involved either falling TVs or falling furniture. Incidents involving only a tipped-over dresser or bureau, the subject of the STURDY Act, have produced 115 deaths in two decades.
“The nation’s furniture tip-over epidemic is particularly insidious because the danger is all around us, inside our homes—unless parents, grandparents, an
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