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   CPSC Warns about TV, Large Furniture Tip-Over Dangers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commis-
sion (CPSC) is warning parents and caregivers about the 
dangers of televisions and heavy furniture tipping over and 
killing young children. The number of TV tip-over deaths 
reported to CPSC during the first seven months of 2006 is 
twice the typical yearly average.

“There are usually five deaths reported to CPSC each year 
caused by televisions tipping over onto young children, 
but we are aware of 10 deaths already in 2006,” said CPSC 
Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. “We are issuing this warning 
so parents will take the necessary steps to prevent any 
more of these tragedies.”

These deaths and injuries frequently occur when children 
climb onto, fall against or pull themselves up on tele-
vision stands, shelves, bookcases, dressers, desks and 
chests. In some cases, televisions placed on top of 
furniture tip over and cause a child to suffer traumatic 
and sometimes fatal injuries.

From 2000 through 2005, CPSC has reports of 36 TV tip-over-
related deaths and 65 furniture tip-over deaths. More than 
80 percent of all these deaths involved young children. 
Additionally, CPSC estimates that in 2005 at least 3,000 
children younger than 5 were treated in U.S. hospital 
emergency rooms because of injuries associated with TV 
tip-overs.

Industry standards require that TV stands, chests, bureaus 
and dressers pass a stability test. If a piece of furniture 
violates these standards, the product can be subject to a 
safety recall.

To help prevent tip-over hazards, CPSC offers the following 
safety tips:

Verify that furniture is stable on its own. For added 
security, anchor to the floor or attach to the wall all 
entertainment units, TV stands, bookcases, shelving and 
bureaus to the wall using appropriate hardware, such as 
brackets, screws, or toggles. Place televisions on sturdy 
furniture appropriate for the size of the TV or on a low-
rise base. Push the TV as far back as possible from the 
front of its stand. Place electrical cords out of a 
child’s reach, and teach children not to play with the 
cords. Remove items that might tempt kids to climb, such 
as toys and remote controls, from the top of the TV and 
furniture. To download CPSC’s new safety alert “Prevent-
ing TV and Furniture Tip-Over Deaths,” 
visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5004.pdf

Video Feed Satellite Coordinates (C-Band)

The Video News Release is being broadcast featuring 
soundbites by Acting CPSC Chairman Nancy Nord, soundbites 
in Spanish, B-Roll of demonstrations of furniture and TV 
tip-overs and safety tips.

Wednesday, September 13
10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)
Satellite: IA 6
Transponder 15
Downlink frequency: 4000 Vertical
Audio 6.2 & 6.8


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   Pier 1 Imports Recalls TV Stands for Tipping Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer 
Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Pier 1 Imports (U.S.) 
Inc., of Fort Worth, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 
4,300 Ming TV Stands. If a consumer leans on the stand’s 
drawer when open, the unit can tilt forward and cause a 
television on top to slide off, posing a risk of injury or 
death.

Pier 1 has not received any reports of injuries in the 
United States. Though, Pier 1 has received a report of a 
death of a young child in Canada which occurred when a 
television fell off the TV stand.

The Ming TV Stand, SKU 2065368, is a brown wooden cabinet 
that sits directly on the floor and measures 35 1/2-inches 
wide, 17 3/4-inches deep and 23 1/2-inches high. The TV 
stand contains an open storage space between its top shelve 
and its single bottom drawer.

The stands were sold at Pier 1 stores nationwide and on-
line through Pier 1’s Web site from August 2005 through 
February 2006 for about $250. 

Customers should immediately remove televisions or other 
heavy items from these TV stands. The stands should be 
returned to a Pier 1 Imports store for a refund or 
merchandise credit.

For additional information, contact Pier 1’s Customer 
Service at (800) 245-4595, prompt 6, between 8 a.m. and 
11 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday, and between 9 a.m. 
and 9 p.m. CT Sunday. For more information, log on to 
Pier 1’s Web site at www.pier1.com

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            Experts have mixed reactions to Baby TV

LOS ANGELES, -- BabyFirstTV, a satellite channel for child-
ren under 2 produced in Los Angeles, is getting mixed re-
views from parents and child experts. The channel, which 
debuted on Mother's Day, calls itself a "learning 
experience" for babies, but the American Academy of Pedi-
atrics recommends no television for children under 2, the 
San Francisco Chronicle reported. Co-founder of BabyFirstTV, 
Sharon Rechter, pregnant with her first child, said she 
started the channel after seeing a "great need" among 
friends having babies. The commercial-free channel avail-
able on Dish Network and DirecTV has original programming 
and videos like "Brainy Baby." But the Campaign for a 
Commercial-Free Childhood filed a false advertising com-
plaint with the Federal Trade Commission against the 
channel. "(Babies) are these wide-open, defenseless, clue-
less targets," the organization's co-founder and child 
psychologist Allen Kanner said. Sacramento middle-school 
science teacher Kathy King, however, said her two sons 2-
year-old Wyatt and 10-month-old Wesley, are "mesmerized."
Research from the Kaiser foundation shows parents use TV 
when they need to cook or take a shower. Kanner's 21-month-
old daughter doesn't watch any television or DVDs.  "She 
plays with toys or comes in and talks to me. I shower 
quickly," Kanner said

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