Someone in the U.S. is injured about every 20 minutes when an appliance, a television, or a piece of furniture tips over. Since 2000, at least 210 people—mostly children ages 6 and younger—have been killed when dressers or other furniture that store clothes have tipped over. 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: Nov. 6, 2020

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.