Between 2000 and 2019, 451 children were killed when a piece of furniture or a television fell onto them; 351 of the tip-over deaths involved dressers or other furniture that stores clothing. All told, each month one to two children die from a tip-over incident. And 11,300 children per year, on average, are treated in hospital emergency rooms for tip-over-related injuries. As part of Consumer Reports' ongoing investigation into furniture tip-overs, we've tested dressers to see which are safest and which are unstable, talked with industry and government experts to understand why the problem persists, and met with parents whose children were killed to explore the human toll of these tragedies. Find out what you can do to protect your family now, and how the system needs to change to make products safer in the future.

 

Last Updated: March 23, 2021

Unstable Dressers: A Potentially Deadly Danger

When Standards Fail

Right now, dressers sold in the U.S. are not governed by a mandatory stability standard. Furniture manufacturers operate under a voluntary standard, and they are not required to conduct any safety testing before putting a dresser on the market. Some manufacturers meet the standard, and others fall short, contributing to thousands of emergency room visits each year. To shine a light on this problem, Consumer Reports tested 42 dressers representing a cross-section of the market. See what CR’s testing revealed and hear from Janet McGee, whose son died when an Ikea dresser tipped over onto him.