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Appleton product liability attorneys, furniture tip-oversParents go to great lengths to keep their children safe: they teach them not to talk to strangers, they require hand holding to cross the street, and they research the best and safest cribs, register for product recalls, and may even purchase organic baby food to avoid the risks of pesticides. Unfortunately, not all safety practices prevent injuries from occurring, especially when potential hazards go undisclosed or products are defective. Such is often the case with tall furniture that may not even carry a tip-over warning.

Falling Furniture Causes One Child Death Per Year

Tall furniture—chests of drawers, dressers, entertainment centers, bookshelves and more—are relatively safe in most circumstances. However, when it comes to children who may climb on furniture, the center of gravity is shifted, causing the piece of furniture to topple over. The weight of that furniture (paired with any items that may be stored in or on the item) can cause severe injury or even death. In fact, data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that, between 2000 and 2011, 349 consumers (84 percent of which were younger than age nine) suffered death because of falling furniture. Another 43, 000 (59 percent under age 18) were injured during that same time period.

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