Measures Seek to Protect Kids from Furniture and TV Tip-Overs

Staten Island Business Bank urges consumers to act immediately

in prevention of a child-related tragedy

 

Underscoring Victory State Bank’s ongoing concern about protecting children from harm, Staten Island’s only community-based commercial bank is sharing the following news item from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), released in cooperation with IKEA North America, of Conshohocken, Pa.:

The government agency and IKEA have jointly announced a repair program that includes a free wall-anchoring kit, for the furniture retailer’s MALM 3- and 4-drawer chests and two styles of MALM 6- drawer chests, and other chests and dressers.  The chests and dressers can pose a tip-over hazard if not securely anchored to the wall.

IKEA received reports of two children who died after MALM chests tipped over and fell on them. 

TAKE STEPS NOW

Victory State Bank is urging consumers to act immediately in prevention of a child-related tragedy.

Consumers should immediately stop using all IKEA children’s chests and dressers taller than 23 ½ inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29 ½ inches, unless they are securely anchored to the wall. 

The free wall anchoring kit should be used to secure MALM and other IKEA chests and dressers to the wall.

About 7 million MALM chests and 20 million other IKEA chests and dressers are part of the nationwide repair program.

CPSC and IKEA are urging consumers to inspect their IKEA chests and dressers to ensure that they are securely anchored to the wall. Consumers should move unanchored chests and dressers into storage or other areas where they cannot be accessed by children until the chests and dressers are properly anchored to the wall.

The MALM chests that are part of the repair program were sold starting in 2002.  The price of the chests ranges from about $80 to $200.

WHO TO CONTACT

To receive a free wall anchoring kit, visit an IKEA retail store, go to www.IKEA-USA.com/saferhomestogether, or call (888) 966-4532.

A child dies every two weeks and a child is injured every 24 minutes in the U.S. from furniture or TVs tipping over, according to CPSC data. To help prevent injuries and deaths, CPSC and IKEA urge consumers to securely anchor furniture and TVs to prevent these tragedies and make their home a safer place.

For more information, visit www.AnchorIt.gov and www.IKEA-USA.com/saferhomestogether.

About Victory State Bank

 

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at www.VictoryStateBank.com.

 

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