Note: This Act may be cited as the “Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth Act” or the “STURDY Act”.
Summary: To require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to promulgate a consumer product safety rule for free-standing clothing storage units to protect children from tip-over related death or injury, and for other purposes. Cosponsors (Partisan)
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 6/27/19.
- My work in Congress is about responding to stories I hear from you, so after listening to constituents regarding dressers tipping over & putting kids in danger, I cosponsored the STURDY Act to enact safety standards & prevent future tragedies. Proud to see this pass the US House. (Source: Rep Craig, Twitter, 09/18/19)
STATUS: Introduced 4/10/19 by Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9].
- The bill passed the House by voice vote on 9/16/19.
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- “Every hour, of every day, approximately 3 children are getting injured – over 25,400 per year. Between 2000 and 2011, these tip-overs have resulted in at least 363 fatalities, with most of the innocent victims being less than 8 years old,” said Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. “I’m introducing the STURDY Act to help protect children from these preventable accidents and spare their families these painful situations, resulting simply from a piece of furniture.” (Source: Rep. Schakowsky, Press Release, 4/10/19)
- The American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) supports a mandatory stability standard that will hold all manufacturers to the same safety specifications for clothing storage furniture. However, the CPSC has already begun work on a mandatory standard, making the STURDY Act unnecessary. (Source: AHFA)
- To combat the tip-over epidemic, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) recently introduced the Stop Tip-Overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act of 2019 (H.R.2211), as a much-needed step to prevent more children from being injured and killed by furniture tip-overs. The bill is currently co-sponsored by Reps. Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Robin Kelly (D-IL), James McGovern (D-MA), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC-At Large), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), Bobby Rush (D-IL), and Darren Soto (D-FL). (Source: Kids in Danger)