Find out why it is vital to secure furniture and TVs to the wall to prevent crush injuries, as well as what to do if a child is injured by a falling object.

Who Is Responsible When Falling Furniture Injures a Child?

dangers of baby furnitureThe thought of losing a child in an accident is so unbearable that many parents try not to think about it. However, understanding why these accidents occur can help parents prevent them. Just as there are ways to reduce the risks of injuries on a child’s walk to school, there are ways to reduce tip-over accidents in the home.

Furniture Tip-Over Accident Are Most Likely to Hurt Children

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) uncovered startling evidence in a 2012 report, showing that roughly 60% of people injured by falling furniture are children. The CSPC estimates that over 25,000 kids are injured each year when a television, dresser, or other heavy furniture item tips over.

The report showed just how dangerous it is not to secure furniture and TVs in a child’s home:

  • Of the 349 people who died between 2000 and 2011 by a falling item in the home, over 80% were under the age of 9.
  • Falling televisions are particularly deadly, causing 70% percent of injuries involving children and 62% of all fatal injuries recorded.
  • On average, 71 children per day will be injured in a tip-over accident, and one child will be killed by falling furniture every two weeks.
  • The biggest causes of tip-over injuries involved children climbing on furniture, hitting or kicking an item of furniture, or playing nearby an unsecured item.
  • Older, heavier televisions were more likely to cause serious injuries, especially since they were often moved into basements and play areas after living room TVs were upgraded to lighter or wall-mounted models.

Who Is Responsible When Furniture Tips Over Onto a Child?

Furniture and TV manufacturers have a great deal of responsibility when it comes to preventing child injuries. Firstly, products must be designed in a way that reasonably prevents accidents. Second, the manufacturer has a duty to inform consumers about safety issues, including a danger of tipping. Also, the product should include or at least inform the consumer of any additional devices (such as brackets and anchoring hardware) that can be used in conjunction with the product to increase safety. Finally, the product manufacturer should promptly respond to safety concerns and issue a recall for its products when necessary.

If your child was injured by an unsafe product, we can help. Call our offices today to schedule an appointment with an experienced Seattle child safety attorney.