Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Report: Standards Project 2017-2018: Furniture Tip-over

Fiscal year 2017-2018

Summary

The Consumer Product Safety Program (CPSP) administers and enforces the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and regulations made under it.

The purpose of this Standards project was to sample clothing storage units over 30 inches (762 mm) in height and test them to the performance criteria of a consensus-based safety standard in order to verify compliance to the CCPSA. The safety standard used as a basis for the project testing was ASTM F2057-14, Standard Safety Specification for Clothing Storage Units.

For this project, compliance of select clothing storage units was determined through a sampling and testing process by which Health Canada inspectors visited establishments and sampled relevant products. Compliance to the project requirements, which are based on sections 4.1 to 4.5 of the standard, was then verified through testing at the Product Safety Laboratory.

Prior to initiating this project, the CPSP carried out a market survey to determine the presence of clothing storage unit companies in Canada. This effort resulted in a list of importers and manufacturers of these products in Canada. These companies were sent a letter to advise them of the project and their responsibilities under the CCPSA. Targets were then selected from that list of companies.

Over the course of the 2017-2018 fiscal year, testing of 12 different products was carried out. The testing resulted in 2 voluntary recalls. There were 10 instances where no corrective action was required.

Results

Readers should consult the individual recall and safety notices, if applicable, for details of the products subject to this enforcement action.

Summary of the samples assessed and corrective actions taken during this project
Brand Product Name Source of Sample Determination Corrective Action
Ashley Exquisite dresser Ashley Furniture No compliance issues detected None
Baby Caché Windsor 6-drawer double dresser Toys"R"Us No compliance issues detected None
Belair 5-drawer chest Belair Kids Furniture No compliance issues detected None
Dutailier 5-drawer chest Groupe Dutailier Inc. No compliance issues detected None
Dynamic 5-drawer chest Dynamic Furniture Corporation No compliance issues detected None
Winners Only Farmhouse Bay Youth dresser Winners Only Inc. No compliance issues detected None
Fisher Price Double dresser EI Brands MGMT Group No compliance issues detected None
Garcia Garcia Collection grey chest of contemporary bedroom collection Mazin Furniture No compliance issues detected None
Les petits mousses 3-drawer Vera chest Les petits mousses Did not meet the stability with load requirement Voluntary recall by Les petits mousses
Louis Philip 5-drawer chest CA Munro Ltd. Did not meet the stability with load requirement Voluntary recall by Crown Mark Furniture
Nexera Dixie 5-drawer wood chest Cymax No compliance issues detected None
Stokke Stokke Home dresser Stokke No compliance issues detected None

Disclaimer: A systematic bias is applied during inspection and sampling. Products are not randomly selected but are chosen because they are deemed by the inspector to be more likely to not meet health and safety requirements due to characteristics that are observed. Due to this biased nature of sampling and the fact that sample sizes within CE projects are very small, the findings of CE projects are not intended to reflect overall market compliance unless otherwise stated. Note that these summary reports relate only to the product(s) actually tested and the specific criteria indicated. Testing by Health Canada does not represent approval or endorsement of the product(s).

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