NEW YORK (AP) - Target says it is recalling nearly 180,000 dressers because they can tip over and pose a risk to children. (Now, if you think, i don't have a Target dresser- so I'm not in danger, think again and scroll to the bottom of the article.)
The Minneapolis retailer said Wednesday that it has received 12 reports of its Room Essentials four-drawer dressers falling over or collapsing. Two 3-year-old children were struck by a dresser, but no injuries have been reported.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says customers should stop using the $118 dresser immediately and return it to any Target store for a full refund.
About 175,000 of the dressers were sold in the U.S., and 3,000 were sold in Canada.
The dressers, which were sold at Target Corp. stores and Target.com between January 2013 and April 2016, came in three colors: black, espresso and maple.
But, just because you don't have a Target dresser, don't think you're out of danger. A child dies every two weeks because a TV, a piece of furniture or an appliance falls on them. The highest numbers of child deaths are kids between one and five and this happens in every room of the house.
Anything 30 inches or higher has to be anchored to the wall. Most items come with an anchor for you to use, but if not, they're easy to buy. The key is putting them in correctly.
Scott Dampier of Housemasters shows how to use anchors in this step-by-step video -> The Families and Faces of Tip-Over Deaths.