Mainstays is a popular furniture brand, and many Americans have some sort of furniture piece from the brand in their homes. Unfortunately, a voluntary recall has just been issued for the four-drawer chests from Ameriwood Home amid concerns “about their stability and entrapment hazards.” According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the chests “are unstable if not anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death or injuries to children.”
So far an estimated 1.6 million “units of the chests of drawers are being pulled from sale at Walmart stores, online and other retailers nationwide,” according to the recall notice. When announcing the recall, the CPSC issued the following statement:
“The chests do not comply with the performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard.”
Because of the danger associated with the unstable products, consumers are being advised to stop using the recalled chests immediately if it’s not “properly anchored to the wall.” Also, it should be removed from any area “where a child might have access to it.”
So far one injury report has been received by the CPSC. In that instance, the recalled chest of drawers “tipped over onto a 4-year-old.”
So what can consumers do if they have one of these recalled products? How can they tell if their Mainstays chest is included in the recall? Well, the model numbers included in the recall, which can be found in the instruction manual, include the following:
Additionally, consumers can contact Ameriwood for a repair kit that “includes a wall-anchoring device and feet for the chest,” free of charge.