Baby Dressers Recalled Due to Tip-Over Hazard; Two Toddler Deaths Reported

Million Dollar Baby Dressers Recalled Due to Tip-Over Hazard
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Million Dollar Baby is announcing a recall of 18,000 children's four-drawer dressers. When a young child climbs up on open dresser drawers, the dresser becomes unstable and poses the risk of tip over and entrapment.

CPSC and Million Dollar Baby have received two reports of deaths associated with these dressers. An 11-month-old boy and a 20-month-old girl were reported to have suffocated when their dressers tipped over, entrapping them between the dresser and the floor.

This voluntary recall involves 'Emily' style four-drawer dressers with model numbers M4712, M4722, M4732 and M4742 and similar 'Ryan' dressers with the model M4733. The dressers were sold in five finishes: Cherry, Ebony, Espresso, Honey Oak and White. The model number, 'Million Dollar Baby' and 'MADE IN TAIWAN' are printed on a label located on the back of the dresser.

The recalled dressers were sold at JCPenney and independent juvenile specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, BabiesRUs.com, BabyUniverse.com and other online retailers from January 2006 through June 2010.

The Million Dollar Baby dressers met applicable voluntary standards when first produced, but a May 2009 voluntary industry standard, and subsequent revisions published in October 2009 and November 2009, requires that tip-over restraints be sold with the dressers. The restraints attach to a wall, framing or other support to help prevent dresser tip-over entrapment hazards to young children.

Million Dollar Baby is offering free retrofit kits with tip-over restraints to consumers who have older dressers. Included in the kit is an adhesive warning label that consumers are to attach to the dresser, which describes how to prevent tip-over injuries.

Consumers should immediately stop using and keep the dresser out of a child's reach. Consumers can contact Million Dollar Baby to receive a free retrofit kit that contains a wall anchor strap, which attaches to the dresser and wall to help prevent the dresser from tipping. The kits can be ordered by calling 888-673-6652.

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