WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has weighed in on tipping issues with a proposed standard.

In today’s Federal Register, February 3, a proposed clothing storage unit rule was published in an effort to help prevent overturning clothing storage unit furniture that often involves children.

The proposed rule would require garment storage units to be tested for stability, exceed minimum stability requirements, be marked and labeled with safety information, and carry a hang tag providing performance and technical data on the stability of the unit. ‘unity. These requirements would apply to garment storage units imported or produced and sold in the United States.

The American Home Furnishings Alliance released a statement outlining the current state of tipping rules for these units.

According to the AHFA, one standard currently covering these products is ASTM F2057-19, Standard Safety Specification for Clothing Storage Units. The standard covers chests of drawers, cabinets, cupboards, dressers and desks 27 inches in height or more.

To be compliant, the manufactured furniture must meet three criteria. It must pass two stability tests, the first to ensure that the units will not tip over when all doors are open 90 degrees and all drawers are open to the “stop” or two-thirds open. The second test requires that the part does not tip over when each drawer is opened individually to the “stop”, and a 50 pound weight is applied to the front of the drawer or the outside edge of the door.

Additionally, the part must have a permanent warning label. The tag should be attached in a visible location when the part is in use.

Bedroom furniture designed to hold a television requires a separate warning label.

Finally, anti-tip devices should be included with every piece of furniture.

In February 2019, the CPSC ruled that garment storage units that do not meet ASTM F2057 would be considered by the CPSC “to have a defect that may present a substantial hazard to the product.”

Manufacturers, importers and retailers who fail to report such nonconforming products face civil and criminal penalties.