Description: The article is about consumer reports login. This is an introduction about Consumer reports. Consumer Reports launched an investigation into the stability of dressers,through its tests it finds some easier tips for preventing it from falling.
I opened the door and I saw his bed was empty,my first thought was that he must be behind the door playing with some toys. When I opened the door even further,his dresser had fallen forward in front of me. Immediately I thought that he has to be under it.
Consumer Reports launched an investigation into the stability of dressers,we recently purchased 24 dresser models from different furniture manufacturers and evaluated them based on three separate tip-over tests. It might be surprising but there’s no required testing for dressers before they’re sold on the market. We go out and look at what kind of addresses are in the industry,we look out what people are buying in stores and what they have in their home.
We tested them to see which dressers are more stable than others. There is a voluntary safety standards set by ASTM International,it is a standard setting organization which specifies that dressers taller than 30 inches don’t tip over when an extended drawer is loaded with 50 pounds of weight.
Children seriously and fatally injured by furniture falling onto them,that’s why CR conducted more extensive tests. In our first test,we opened all the drawers all the way,all 24 models passed. In the second test,the top drawer was fully opened and a 50 pound weight was placed over the drawer front,19 models passed,5 failed.
For our third and more rigorous test,we placed up to 60 pounds on the top drawer to gauge how the dressers might perform simulating the weight of a heavier child,we wanted to see how many dressers could withstand this weight.
13 models passed and 11 failed. Dressers from Pottery Barn epic and solder among others past CRS 60 pound test,while models from South Shore and Ameri wood among others failed a 50-pound test,both South Shore and Ameri say their products meet voluntary safety standards.
Consumer reports feel strongly that based on injury data and our test results,a mandatory and more rigorous safety standard is required to help prevent tragic tip-over accidents like the McGee’s from happening to other families. That’s the thing about all of this,you can’t tell a dresser whether it’s going to be tipsy by looking at it,there are two things that we hope to put pressure on the industry.
One of them is to increase the standard weight that’s used in the ASTM standard from 50 pounds to 60 pounds. The vast majority of tip-over accidents happen to kids under 6,testing with a 60 pound weight would cover more children in this age group.
The second one is increasing the range of Heights that are associated with the standard,the cutoff is 30 inches and below,we’re now putting pressure to include dressers that are 30 inches high and shorter,parents should be as vigilant as they can and listen out for recalls. Consumer Reports recommends that you anchor your dressers to the wall.
I believe the message of anchoring furniture still needs to be shout out there loud for everybody to know,you have to anchor these pieces to the wall. But in the meantime,I believe this standard to get true change with this issue and to stop these children from dying,you have to design this dresser with stronger standard.