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Recall Alert: Target dressers recalled

Lynette Veit: Greene Publishing, Inc.

Target has issued a recall for a four-drawer dresser in its popular Room Essentials furniture line.

A Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report states that the dressers are unstable unless firmly anchored to the wall, and pose a tip-over/entrapment danger for children.  The CPSC has received 12 reports of the dressers tipping over or collapsing, including tipping over on two three-year-old children, but fortunately, there were no reported injuries.

The item in question is a four-drawer Room Essentials dresser, 41 7/8 inches tall, 31 1/2 inches wide and 15 11/16 inches deep, sold at Target stores nationwide and online through from January 2013 through April 2016, for about $118.  The dresser comes in three colors:  black (model 249-05-0103); espresso, a dark brown (model 249-05-0106); and maple (model 249-05-0109).  These model numbers were printed on the product's packaging. Corresponding online item numbers are 12173906 for the black dresser, 12173909 for the espresso, and 12173912 for the maple.

According to the CSPC report, consumers should return the item to Target for a full refund.  In the interim, remove it to a room where children can't access it.

The Target Consumer Contact Number is 1-800-440-0680, from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily.  When you get the recorded menu, press 1 for store experience, then 5 for recalls.  According to the store representative who answered this particular line, consumers who believe they have this actual item, even though no model number is printed on the item itself, can return it to any Target Store for a refund.  Consumers can also find more information online at – scroll to the very bottom of the page and click on “recalls” then click on “furniture.”

Relative to Madison, the nearest Target stores are in Valdosta at 1815 Norman Drive, (229) 242-0330; in Tallahassee at 2120 Apalachee Parkway, (850) 671-2041; and in Bradfordville at 3700 Bradfordville Road, (850) 894-3213.

About 175,000 of these items were sold in the U.S., in addition to 3,000 more in Canada.  The dressers were manufactured in Denmark.

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