Monday April 17, 2017
Buerkle Questions If Dressers Are Children's Products
CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle voiced concern about Kids in Danger including dressers in its recent report on children's product recalls.
She asserted, "KID traditionally focuses only on those recalls that involve children’s products. For that reason, its analysis can be greatly affected by how particular recalls are characterized. For example, this year’s report includes recalls of clothing storage units as 'children’s products.' This has the effect of including a very large 2016 recall even though many of those products may be in households without any children."
She otherwise praised (bit.ly/2oD2BUx) the report (PSL, 4/10/17), especially attention to more use of social media in recalls, and she called for work towards recall effectiveness.
KID's focus was on tipping incidents, which frequently involve interaction with children, especially via climbing. Most victims are small children, and units involved in incident often are in their bedrooms or nurseries.