Canyon Furniture Dressers Sold at Rooms To Go Are Recalled Due to Tip-Over Risk

The children's chests of drawers do not comply with the industry's voluntary stability standard and could lead to injuries and death

Canyon dresser
Recalled Creekside Kids’ Five-Drawer Chest in Charcoal
Source: CPSC

Canyon Furniture Company recalled about 1,200 Creekside Children’s Chests of Drawers last week because they pose a serious tip-over risk that could lead to death or injuries in children, according to an announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the government agency that oversees thousands of home goods.

The dressers, available exclusively at Rooms To Go, do not comply with the voluntary performance standard set by the industry, which states that a dresser should stay upright when a 50-pound weight is hung on a single open drawer while the others are closed. This standard does not account for much of what happens in the real world, such as when multiple drawers are opened at once or when a child pulls or steps on a drawer.

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The recalled dressers come in charcoal and chestnut, have five drawers, and were sold between April 2020 and March 2021.

There have been no reported incidents or injuries linked to the recalled products, but the CPSC recommends that consumers stop using them immediately and contact Rooms To Go for a free repair, replacement, or store credit. The company will also pick up the chest free of charge. For additional recall details, see below.

Though the company offers a repair option, which consists of anchoring the product to the wall, safety experts at Consumer Reports say this solution is not adequate because it doesn’t ensure that a wall anchor will be used if the dresser is moved to another location.

“The best option for most recalls—including this one—is for the product to be removed from homes and returned to the manufacturer,” says Gabe Knight, a policy analyst at CR.

This dresser recall is similar to several furniture recalls that have happened over the past two years after stability testing done by Consumer Reports and the CPSC. CR’s evaluations found that many dressers on the market did not pass our basic stability tests, and the CPSC testing found that many products did not comply with the industry’s voluntary stability standard, which is meant to prevent dangerous tip-over incidents. CR has not tested Canyon Furniture dressers, including the model recalled last week.

Every 60 minutes, on average, a child is sent to the emergency department following a furniture tip-over incident, and there have been at least 218 reported child fatalities involving a chest, bureau, or dresser between 2000 and 2019, according to the CPSC.

In an effort to make furniture safer, federal legislation called the Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act was recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support. The bill, which is awaiting a vote in the Senate, would require the CPSC to create a new mandatory rule that includes more stringent stability requirements for dressers, as opposed to the voluntary stability standard that currently exists and that safety advocates say is not strong enough to protect consumers from harm.

Several furniture sellers support STURDY—including Amazon, Room & Board, and Williams-Sonoma, which owns Pottery Barn and West Elm—but Rooms To Go has not responded to CR’s request to publicly endorse the bill. The company also declined to comment on the recall beyond what’s posted on its website.

Recall Details

Products recalled: About 1,200 Creekside Kids Five-Drawer Chests, sold in charcoal (SKU number 34595035) and chestnut (SKU number 34495045). The products measure about 43.5 inches tall, 31.5 inches wide and 18 inches deep. A label on the back of the dressers says “Canyon Furniture Co,” along with an SKU number and the production date. The recalled chests were manufactured between April 2020 and March 2021.

Sold at: Rooms To Go from April 2020 through March 2021 for about $430.

The problem: The chests, which don’t comply with the industry’s voluntary stability standard, pose a serious tip-over and entrapment risk that can result in death or injuries to children.

The fix: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cabinets and keep children away from them. Then contact Rooms To Go for a free repair, a replacement, or a store credit for the full price of the product. The company will also pick up the chest free of charge and contact all known customers who purchased the recalled product.  

How to contact the manufacturer: Call Rooms To Go at 855-688-0919, email the company at productcare@roomstogo.com, or go to the recall page on the company’s website

To report a dangerous product or product-related injury, go to SaferProducts.gov.

Send a message to your Senators now urging them to co-sponsor and support passage of the STURDY Act.

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Rachel Rabkin Peachman

I'm a science journalist turned investigative reporter on CR's Special Projects team. My job is to shed light on issues affecting people's health, safety, and well-being. I've dug deep into problems such as dangerous doctors, deadly children's products, and contamination in our food supply. Got a tip? Follow me on Twitter (@RachelPeachman).