A week ago, Walmart announced a massive recall of 1.6 million of their Mainstays four-drawer chests due to tipping hazards. Apparently, the store brand chests are so unstable that they can easily fall over onto a child if they pull on one.
A four-year-old boy was even injured when the furniture landed on top of him, prompting the store chain to direct customers to the Ameriwood manufacturer for a free anchoring kit to secure the drawer set to the wall. Learn more about that recall here.
Now Target is issuing an eerily similar recall, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The store chain says 175,000 of their store brand four-drawer dressers are problematic as well, and it appears that they may be even more unstable.
The Commission has already received 12 reports of the Target brand Room Essentials 4-Drawer Dressers tipping over or collapsing altogether. One of them fell on two three-year-old children who, thankfully, were not injured.
If you think you might have this dresser, they come in black, espresso, and maple. Look for the model numbers 249-05-0103, 249-05-0106, or 249-05-0109 on the product packaging. They were sold between January 2013 and April 2016.
Target is letting customers know that they can return the dressers for a full refund. The Commission says the dressers are not stable enough to be trusted if they’re not anchored to the wall.
Let your friends and family know about both furniture recalls! Meanwhile, Walmart, along with Publix Supermarkets, is facing another recall involving food with Listeria contamination.