Target stores across the nation issued an urgent recall on September 13th that concerns a popular line of dressers sold under the Room Essentials brand name. According to the recall report, these dressers possess 4 drawers and were being sold in three different color options.A precise measurement of the dressers themselves finds them to be 41 7/8 inches in height, 31 1/2 inches wide and 15 11/16 inches in depth. The three color options (black, espresso, and maple) carried the serial numbers 249-05-0103, 249-05-0106, and 249-05-0109 respectively. This number was printed and displayed prominently on the dresser’s packaging.
The recall itself concerns the high possibility that these dressers will become top heavy and tip over, a problem that is important for those individuals who have young children, especially young children who are just learning to walk and use the surrounding environment as a series of supports. In the recall notice, Target asked that anyone with one of the dressers described above should immediately cease using the object unless it is firmly anchored to a wall and away from a location easily accessible by children. If a consumer of the defective dressers should so wish, Target is offering a full refund upon the return of the product.
The Room Essentials dressers were made in Denmark and sold in America and Canada between January of 2013 and April of 2016. Their average retail cost was $118, although the price fluctuated depending on the region of sale. According to the notice, around 172,000 units were sold throughout the United States between the dates listed above, meaning that numerous homes are currently at risk from these dangerous storage containers.
As of the most recent report, 12 of the Room Essentials dressers have collapsed, with two of the incidents involving children around three years old. Although no specific injuries have yet to be reported in connection with these instances, it seems only a short matter of time before a larger issue arises with the dressers. Consumers will no doubt remember the disaster of the Ikea dressers that resulted in the deaths of several toddlers and the company itself paying out over $50 million to those affected by the defective furniture.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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