WASHINGTON, DC – PA U.S. Sen. Bob Casey announced Senate passage of his legislation to prevent furniture tip-overs resulting in injury or death. The STURDY Act has the support of consumer groups, manufacturers, and retailers like IKEA, Crate & Barrel, and Williams-Sonoma. The measure would change the stability standard for manufacturers of clothing storage units from voluntary to mandatory – requiring companies to ensure their products are tested for safety and stability before being sold. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, tip-overs cause an average of 25,500 emergency room-treated injuries each year as children are crushed, trapped or struck by furniture, TVs, and appliances. The bill also requires rigorous testing measures for furniture, simulation of real-world use, and warning requirements based on the most up-to-date safety standards.

SEN. BOB CASEY