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house Bill H.R. 2211

Should the Consumer Product Safety Commission Adopt a Stability Standard to Prevent Dressers From Tipping Over On Children?

Argument in favor

Furniture tip-overs can seriously injure or even kill young children. These tragedies could be prevented with better stability standards requiring furniture manufacturers to design and test for stability that would be imposed by this bill.

Jeffrey 's Opinion
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09/16/2019
I am more concerned about guns killing children; abusers killing children; anti-vaxers killing children; US drones killing Yemeni children, but if this legislation can save one precious life of a child then I am all for it, 100%!
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Carmine's Opinion
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09/16/2019
Furniture tip-overs can seriously injure or even kill young children. These tragedies could be prevented with better stability standards requiring furniture manufacturers to design and test for stability that would be imposed by this 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. 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
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Brian's Opinion
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09/16/2019
Sure. Isn't there already a standard for ovens/ranges? I think this seems like a good safety measure to take, even though it might be harder for parents to implement. We must protect our children when possible.
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Argument opposed

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is already working on new stability standards, so this bill is unnecessary. Additionally, some of the provisions in this bill — such as testing on “standard” carpeting — aren’t possible because such definitions don’t exist.

jimK's Opinion
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09/16/2019
I thought the agency’s mandate would cover this and any other child endangering product design. Why does this require legislation? Let's fix the problem of letting any administration arbitrarily appointing any unqualified or inappropriate agency head in charge of government agencies whose mission is to protect the public. That includes both permanent and temporary appointments. Most of trump's appointments or temporarily placed agency heads are either totally incompetent or are actively dismantling the very mission of the agencies they are appointed to head. Legislation to provide meaningful oversight of the permanent or temporarily appointed agency chiefs would require much less detailed legislation regarding minute details regarding the public services these agencies provide.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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09/16/2019
How about gun control laws? Firearms are the second leading cause of death among American children and adolescents, after car crashes. Firearm deaths occur at a rate more than three times higher than drownings. Tipping over furniture doesn’t even make the top ten. What’s more, the United States has had 1,316 school shootings since 1970. The numbers of these tragic events have been increasing, with 18% of the total occurring in the past seven years since the Newtown school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the United States, middle- and high school-age children are now more likely to die as the result of a firearm injury than from any other single cause of death. The United States stands out among high-income countries: Over 90% of all the firearm deaths among children and adolescents that occur in industrialized nations occur in the USA. Furthermore, Ameica has more privately owned firearms – not including military firearms – than we have citizens. If you want to claim that you care about the safety of children, how about addressing the dangers they actually face in the real world?
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NoHedges's Opinion
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09/16/2019
At least there are more details and a better rationale than for the nefarious crib bumpers and the deadly inclined sleepers... Even so, I think the bigger threat AND THE LEGISLATIVE ELEPHANT 🐘 are the actual assault rifles killing kids while causing normally rational grandparents -like myself 🙃😉- to consider whether or not to purchase bullet resistant jackets -at $500 a pop- for a 6 and 2 year old -who will undoubtedly out grow said jacket. I swear Gardner, if it comes to that. I am sending you a copy of the invoice. Do something about the damn guns. This legislation will only make dressers more expensive and eliminate the sale of 2nd hand dressers not up to code. There is current legislation and this new attempt simply muddles the attempts to evaluate and refocus existing criteria in process. Another point of possible interest, this new legislation does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to mediate the 35% of all accidents which are the result of an unsafe furniture layout. The same percentage as the accidents which occur as a result of manufacturing defect/negligence. So.... How about we improve education to support an early and comprehensive understanding of simple Physics in K-8 education -similar to how Physics is taught in Finland- In high school, try funding Home Economic courses (with a unit on safe furniture for families). Then make Home Economics a graduation requirement for all students regardless of gender. That way more parents are equipped to decide for THEIR children/families what is safe/healthy/best in all sorts of everyday circumstances. Instead of ENABLING OUR WELL MEANING BUT CLUELESS LEGISLATORS TO CONTINUE THE ABHORRENT PRACTICE OF DECIDING FOR THE PEOPLE. And in the meantime, we can subsidize a grant to all the local WIC offices who choose to offer a workshop on consumer friendly child furniture. Then, we are actually helping to keep young children fed, tested for environmental pollutants such as lead, AND PROTECTING “precious innocent children” from falling prey to hazardous unsafe furniture. We could even offer a consumer seal of safety on furniture which meets the new suggested child safety standards and use a portion of corporate certificate fees to fund safe/affordable furniture for home daycares? Thus helping to eliminate the majority of cases of accidents involving unsafe furniture. WHICH by the way HAPPEN TO OCCUR IN HOME DAYCARES. If after reading this entire argument against neutering parents from their responsibility as their child’s advocate/protector leaves you unmoved and still desiring the hazy sturdy children’s bedroom furniture guidelines offered in this bill.. please, see chapter 5 and 6 of link for guidance on children’s bedroom furniture from a graduate student who, at least, has the necessary field expertise to grasp the complexity of the industrial design industry and a basic understanding child development. It also has the benefit of being rooted in actual science and uses a professionally acceptable survey method to uncover the actual root of the problem. There are even definitions/criteria. DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS IN CHILDREN BEDROOM FURNITURE OF PRESCHOOL PERIOD WITH AN ANALYSIS OF TODAY’S TURKISH CHILDREN FURNITURE MARKET http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.633.7689&rep=rep1&type=pdf
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      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Consumer Protection and Commerce
    IntroducedApril 10th, 2019
    I am more concerned about guns killing children; abusers killing children; anti-vaxers killing children; US drones killing Yemeni children, but if this legislation can save one precious life of a child then I am all for it, 100%!
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    I thought the agency’s mandate would cover this and any other child endangering product design. Why does this require legislation? Let's fix the problem of letting any administration arbitrarily appointing any unqualified or inappropriate agency head in charge of government agencies whose mission is to protect the public. That includes both permanent and temporary appointments. Most of trump's appointments or temporarily placed agency heads are either totally incompetent or are actively dismantling the very mission of the agencies they are appointed to head. Legislation to provide meaningful oversight of the permanent or temporarily appointed agency chiefs would require much less detailed legislation regarding minute details regarding the public services these agencies provide.
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    How about gun control laws? Firearms are the second leading cause of death among American children and adolescents, after car crashes. Firearm deaths occur at a rate more than three times higher than drownings. Tipping over furniture doesn’t even make the top ten. What’s more, the United States has had 1,316 school shootings since 1970. The numbers of these tragic events have been increasing, with 18% of the total occurring in the past seven years since the Newtown school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the United States, middle- and high school-age children are now more likely to die as the result of a firearm injury than from any other single cause of death. The United States stands out among high-income countries: Over 90% of all the firearm deaths among children and adolescents that occur in industrialized nations occur in the USA. Furthermore, Ameica has more privately owned firearms – not including military firearms – than we have citizens. If you want to claim that you care about the safety of children, how about addressing the dangers they actually face in the real world?
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    At least there are more details and a better rationale than for the nefarious crib bumpers and the deadly inclined sleepers... Even so, I think the bigger threat AND THE LEGISLATIVE ELEPHANT 🐘 are the actual assault rifles killing kids while causing normally rational grandparents -like myself 🙃😉- to consider whether or not to purchase bullet resistant jackets -at $500 a pop- for a 6 and 2 year old -who will undoubtedly out grow said jacket. I swear Gardner, if it comes to that. I am sending you a copy of the invoice. Do something about the damn guns. This legislation will only make dressers more expensive and eliminate the sale of 2nd hand dressers not up to code. There is current legislation and this new attempt simply muddles the attempts to evaluate and refocus existing criteria in process. Another point of possible interest, this new legislation does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to mediate the 35% of all accidents which are the result of an unsafe furniture layout. The same percentage as the accidents which occur as a result of manufacturing defect/negligence. So.... How about we improve education to support an early and comprehensive understanding of simple Physics in K-8 education -similar to how Physics is taught in Finland- In high school, try funding Home Economic courses (with a unit on safe furniture for families). Then make Home Economics a graduation requirement for all students regardless of gender. That way more parents are equipped to decide for THEIR children/families what is safe/healthy/best in all sorts of everyday circumstances. Instead of ENABLING OUR WELL MEANING BUT CLUELESS LEGISLATORS TO CONTINUE THE ABHORRENT PRACTICE OF DECIDING FOR THE PEOPLE. And in the meantime, we can subsidize a grant to all the local WIC offices who choose to offer a workshop on consumer friendly child furniture. Then, we are actually helping to keep young children fed, tested for environmental pollutants such as lead, AND PROTECTING “precious innocent children” from falling prey to hazardous unsafe furniture. We could even offer a consumer seal of safety on furniture which meets the new suggested child safety standards and use a portion of corporate certificate fees to fund safe/affordable furniture for home daycares? Thus helping to eliminate the majority of cases of accidents involving unsafe furniture. WHICH by the way HAPPEN TO OCCUR IN HOME DAYCARES. If after reading this entire argument against neutering parents from their responsibility as their child’s advocate/protector leaves you unmoved and still desiring the hazy sturdy children’s bedroom furniture guidelines offered in this bill.. please, see chapter 5 and 6 of link for guidance on children’s bedroom furniture from a graduate student who, at least, has the necessary field expertise to grasp the complexity of the industrial design industry and a basic understanding child development. It also has the benefit of being rooted in actual science and uses a professionally acceptable survey method to uncover the actual root of the problem. There are even definitions/criteria. DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS IN CHILDREN BEDROOM FURNITURE OF PRESCHOOL PERIOD WITH AN ANALYSIS OF TODAY’S TURKISH CHILDREN FURNITURE MARKET http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.633.7689&rep=rep1&type=pdf
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    To me this is more about child proofing a home. You can always attach straps to a dresser and anchor it to the wall.
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    That is why God gave parents to children. Parents need to worry about that. The government needs to back off.
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    Furniture tip-overs can seriously injure or even kill young children. These tragedies could be prevented with better stability standards requiring furniture manufacturers to design and test for stability that would be imposed by this 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. 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
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    Why do we continually need to legislate these things! It's common sense and there are already agencies that are supposed to be keeping companies accountable for producing quality, safe products. What I don't get is why the companies producing these products aren't automatically building a safer product. Also, what's wrong with parents that they're not taking the initiative to make sure the product(s) they put in their children's rooms aren't safely installed? Everyone wants to blame somebody else and not look at their own actions.
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    We ARE talking about the Cosumer Product Safety Commission here, right? Or is it me who's the ONLY One who's high AF, yet has the straight ability to call-out whoever/wherever they're messing with us🤬 Hey Wizards! IT'S IN YOUR FRIGGEN NAME! WAKE UP PEOPLE! THEY ARE WASTING OUR TAX MONEY! NAE OPPOSE NAE This is where it's hard to not look like a sour-puss or have to be rude about the shit. You see, it IS true that Furniture tip-overs can seriously injure or even kill young children. These tragedies could be prevented with better stability standards requiring furniture manufacturers to design and test for stability that would be imposed by this bill. AND The Consumer Product Safety Commission is already working on new stability standards, so this bill is unnecessary. Additionally, some of the provisions in this bill, such as testing on “standard” carpeting isn't possible, because such definitions don’t exist. And as we ALL know this type of nano writing IS what lobbyists PAY SO MUCH FOR! We KNOW many happen on carpeting. Write it into the law as is and quit trying to go around the law, is what I say... NAE OPPOSE NAE
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    It is not the governments job to parent our children.
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    Sure. Isn't there already a standard for ovens/ranges? I think this seems like a good safety measure to take, even though it might be harder for parents to implement. We must protect our children when possible.
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    How about just teaching your children not to climb on the furniture. They used to do that in this country. Now generally children go wild because the parents are idiots. “Well we work everyday “ is not an excuse. You elected to have children, now bring them up properly.
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    How did we ever survive our youths with the epidemic of dresser tip overs. I’m shocked humanity has made it this far without succumbing to furniture tip overs!!! Amazing!!!
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    Our World has dangers in it. We cannot prevent ourselves, or Our children from danger. Se Must, as Our parents did, teach Our Children about the world. If we don't know it, it is Our Personal Responsibility to learn it. The cost passed on to consumers is not acceptable.
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    Why has it taken so long to do this? Has the lobbyists been worked no to make the legislation meaningless? Will congress come up with a bill that won’t let any sue the companies?
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    It only makes sense! Every parent needs to plainly see that kids will be kids, and parents need to prepare every time they introduce a new product into their home. THINK LIKE A KID, and be proactive.
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    Dressers should be built not to TIP OVER ON CHILDREN.
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    GUN Control, morons!
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    Information indicates consumer safety protections are already working on this, so this bill isn’t necessary and duplication wastes money. No, this bill isn’t necessary.
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    I was a climber as a child and a large oak dresser resided in the bathroom. Three times I pulled out the drawers making my way to the top at which point the dresser fell over throwing me clear each time with my only suffering a skinned heel on my last expedition. We can't legislate everything. Big heavy things are dangerous and if we are not careful may fall over if not used properly. How about filing cabinets? Do we legislate them too? Where does it end? But wait. How many children are killed by guns in the home yet there is only silence?
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