CHICAGO (CBS) — The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) that seeks to prevent children from being killed or injured by tipping furniture.
The Stop Tip-Overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth, or STURDY Act of 2019 (H.R. 2211) passed Tuesday by a unanimous voice vote, according to a news release.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain Tapers Saturday Night, But More Scattered Showers Sunday
The bill directs the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission to set up standards to prevent tipping furniture, which poses a serious risk to children. Furniture, TVs, and other heavy items found in homes can fall and leave children crushed or trapped, Schakowsky’s office emphasized.
“Every hour, of every day, approximately 3 children are getting injured – over 25,400 per year. Between 2000 and 2011, these tip-overs have resulted in at least 363 fatalities, with most of the innocent victims being less than 8 years old,” Schakowsky said in a news release. “I’m proud that the House has passed the STURDY Act today, so that we can protect children from these preventable accidents and spare their families these painful situations, resulting simply from a piece of furniture.”READ MORE: At Least 16 People Shot, 1 Killed In Gun Violence In Chicago This Weekend
Particularly dangerous are chests, bureaus, and dressers – opening drawers or doors can cause top-heavy units to tip over, Schakowsky’s office said. Further, young children often climb on such pieces of furniture unsupervised and increase the risk of an accident, Schakowsky’s office said.
There have been numerous toddler deaths linked to falling dressers in recent years, Schakowsky’s office said.MORE NEWS: At Bond Hearing For Man Authorities Say Was With Him, Prosecutors Say 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo Had Gun In Hand When He Was Fatally Shot By Police
The legislation has the support of several consumer groups, Schakowsky’s office said.