Unstable Stands

Pier 1 Imports is voluntarily recalling approximately 4,300 Ming TV Stands. Leaning on an open drawer can cause the stand to tip over.

Pier 1 has not received any reports of injuries in the United States but it has received a report of a death of a young child in Canada. It happened when a television fell off the stand.

The Ming TV Stand, SKU 2065368, is a brown wooden cabinet that sits directly on the floor and measures 35 1/2-inches wide, 17 3/4-inches deep and 23 1/2-inches high. The TV stand contains an open storage space between its top shelve and its single bottom drawer.

The stands were sold at Pier 1 stores nationwide and on-line through Pier 1’s Web site from August 2005 through February 2006 for about $250.

Customers should immediately remove televisions or other heavy items from these TV stands. The stands should be returned to a Pier 1 Imports store for a refund or merchandise credit.

For additional information, contact Pier 1’s Customer Service at (800) 245-4595, prompt 6, between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday, and between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Sunday.

Tip-over Dangers
The recall comes as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning parents and caregivers about the dangers of televisions and heavy furniture tipping over and killing young children. The number of TV tip-over deaths reported to CPSC during the first seven months of 2006 is twice the typical yearly average.

“There are usually five deaths reported to CPSC each year caused by televisions tipping over onto young children, but we are aware of 10 deaths already in 2006,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. “We are issuing this warning so parents will take the necessary steps to prevent any more of these tragedies.”

These deaths and injuries frequently occur when children climb onto, fall against or pull themselves up on television stands, shelves, bookcases, dressers, desks and chests. In some cases, televisions placed on top of furniture tip over and cause a child to suffer traumatic and sometimes fatal injuries.

From 2000 through 2005, CPSC has reports of 36 TV tip-over-related deaths and 65 furniture tip-over deaths. More than 80 percent of all these deaths involved young children. Additionally, CPSC estimates that in 2005 at least 3,000 children younger than 5 were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms because of injuries associated with TV tip-overs.

Industry standards require that TV stands, chests, bureaus and dressers pass a stability test. If a piece of furniture violates these standards, the product can be subject to a safety recall.

To help prevent tip-over hazards, CPSC offers the following safety tips:

  • Verify that furniture is stable on its own. For added security, anchor to the floor or attach to the wall all entertainment units, TV stands, bookcases, shelving and bureaus to the wall using appropriate hardware, such as brackets, screws, or toggles.
  • Place televisions on sturdy furniture appropriate for the size of the TV or on a low-rise base.
  • Push the TV as far back as possible from the front of its stand.
  • Place electrical cords out of a child’s reach, and teach children not to play with the cords.
  • Remove items that might tempt kids to climb, such as toys and remote controls, from the top of the TV and furniture.
    To download CPSC’s new safety alert “Preventing TV and Furniture Tip-Over Deaths,” click here.


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