Federal safety regulators are warning consumers about a collection of four-drawer chests sold exclusively in Kmart stores that can tip over, potentially crushing or entrapping children.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of the furniture, which was sold by Kmart in stores and online under the “Essential Home” brand by the company Transform. The units included in the recall are identified as the “Belmont 2.0” model.
The chest of drawers included in this recall were made in Brazil by Kappesberg Moveis. The furniture stands just under 30 inches tall and about 28 inches wide. The model number F214 can be found on the instruction manual included with each chest. The units come in four finishes: black, pine, walnut, and white.
The CPSC advises consumers to stop using the recalled chests immediately if they are not properly anchored to a wall and place them in an area where children can’t access them.
Chests of drawers can be extremely hazardous to small children, who may use the furniture to pull themselves up on, especially if they see an object on the shelf that they want. Because of this hazard, drawers with a low center of gravity should be anchored to a wall.
According to a recent CPSC analysis, an average of 27,100 people were injured and 556 were killed each year in tip-over accidents between 2000 and 2018. Nearly half of all those injured were children younger than 18 and 83% of those killed were children.
Research of these injuries and deaths found that 76% of tip-over injuries involved furniture, with dressers and a combination of dresser and television among the most common types of furniture involved in these accidents.
Transform is offering anchoring kits free of charge to consumers who have the recalled chests. For chests purchased on or after Feb. 11, 2019, a one-time, free in-home installation of the wall anchor kit is provided on request. For purchases made before that date, Transform will provide a free anchoring kit only, according to the CPSC.
Anyone who has a chest included in this recall should contact Kmart at http://www.kmart.com or call 800-659-7026.