Consumer awareness of furniture stability risks and prevention

Date published: 
24 Jun 2015

Research report containing the results of an Australian consumer survey on furniture stability. Specifically, the research focuses on the particular dangers of common furniture in homes with children under the age of five.

Young children tend to climb on furniture, such as freestanding bookcases, wardrobes, and sideboards, which can present a safety hazard to a child. The weight of a small child can cause a piece of furniture to topple over, causing severe injuries. Several hundred children are injured this way each year; some fatally.

The ACCC commissioned this research in April 2015.

This document is a third party submission to the ACCC and may not meet the Australian Government’s accessibility guidelines.