Every year dozens of children are catastrophically injured or killed because of furniture tip-over accidents. Families of these children never get over the devastation caused by these injuries. Some parents never get over the guilt they feel. These tragic accidents, and hundreds of others that luckily result in less serious injuries, are very preventable. Unfortunately, most people are unaware that many pieces of furniture in their home are unstable and can be easily tipped over accidentally by children just being children. Dressers, chests and TV stands are the most commonly involved furniture. The vast majority of people are completely unaware how common these accidents are and how easily they can occur. Here is a link to the Consumer Product Safety Commission web page discussing this problem.
It was very upsetting to read about the product recall for 1 million Trek bicycles this week. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, the bikes' front wheels may "come to a sudden stop" or separate from the bicycle if the quick release lever on the front wheel hub comes into contact with the front brake assembly. As any 10 year old knows, this is a recipe for immediate disaster.