South Shore expands recall
STE-CROIX, Quebec – In collaboration with both Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, case goods producer South Shore Furniture has expanded the recall of its Summer Breeze collection of five drawer chests, acknowledging the chest can become unstable if not anchored to the wall, thereby posing a serious tip-over hazard that could result in death or injury to a child.
The e-commerce specialist also admitted the chests don’t comply with the performance standards of ASTM F2057-14, the voluntary industry standard. However, there have been no injuries related to the recalled chests, which were made at the company’s production facility here. They were sold from February 2005 to December 2016 for about $160 through a number of online players including Amazon.com, Walmart.com and Wayfair.com, among others.
The original recall was for the Summer Breeze model 3746035 and 3746035A in a royal cherry finish. The expanded order was for chests in three other finishes including blueberry (3294035 or 3294035A); chocolate (3219035 or 3219035A); and, white (3210035 or 3210035A). The model number is printed on a label affixed to the back of the chest and on the assembly guide.
The company noted the chests measure 44 inches high by 31 inches wide and 16-inches deep and weighs 88 pounds. Each drawer has two round knobs.
Both Health Canada and the CPSC advised consumers to immediately stop using chests that are not anchored to the wall and put them here children will not have access.
In a statement, senior management said South Shore has already developed a new and safer version of the Summer Breeze collection that meets the voluntary industry standard. It has been on the market for the past several weeks.
“The product conception was improved and stability revised, so that the product is now safe and childproof without any tip over restraint kit,” the family owned and operated manufacturer said. “Safety, particularly the safety of babies and children, has always been a main priority in our over 75-years company’s history, and as we have been actively working on the tip over prevention, we were able to quickly comply with the new clarified standard and implement a new corrected version of the chest that is now available to our consumers.”
Consumers can contact South Shore for a full refund or a free tip-over restraint kit for the recalled models. Consumers who are unable or unwilling to install the tip restraint kit can contact South Shore for a free one-time in-home installation of the kit.
South Shore can be reached at (800) 290-0465 from 8:30am to 7pm Eastern time, Monday through Friday; from 9am to 5pm Saturday; and, 10am to 5pm Sunday. Information is also available at www.southshore.com under the recall information tab.