The Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth Act (STURDY) is a new law that aims to prevent child deaths and injuries caused by furniture tip-overs. The law was signed in December 2022 and will take effect on September 1, 2023. The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has adopted the ASTM F2057-23 voluntary standard as a mandatory safety standard to protect young children from injury and death from furniture tip-over incidents. The standard requires tests for stability when the unit is placed on carpeting, tests for stability with loaded drawers and with multiple drawers open, and tests that simulate the weight of children up to 60 pounds interacting with the unit.
The STURDY Act applies to all clothing storage units that are over 27 inches tall and have drawers that extend from the unit’s base. This includes dressers, chests, and bureaus. The law requires these units to meet stability standards that are set by the CPSC. The CPSC has also created a voluntary standard for manufacturers of clothing storage units that are less than 30 inches tall. Manufacturers who comply with this standard can use a “STABLE” label on their product.
Our manufacturers will utilize counterweights to ensure compliance with this new consumer act. These counterweights can be used independently or in conjunction with other measures to enhance the stability of clothing storage furniture. They are discreetly installed on the product's interior near the rear, preserving the aesthetics of the furniture piece without any alterations or impact.