Customer safety related to preventing tip-over accidents is a top priority for furniture manufacturers and federal regulators alike. In April 2023 the ASTM 2057-23 voluntary standard became mandatory when the CPSC determined it met the requirements of the STURDY Act. The standard applies to dressers, wardrobes, armoires and other clothing storage units (CSUs).
However, even as companies prepare to comply with this new federal standard, they should not overlook a related ASTM voluntary standard for tip restraint devices (TRDs).
ASTM F3096 is the standard performance specification for TRDs that must be included with every unit of clothing storage furniture within the scope of F2057-23. As of May 2023, the test weight for these restraints increased from 50 pounds to 60 pounds.
As part of its commitment to consumer safety, the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) has prepared a member newsletter highlighting this issue. Click here to read the full statement from the AHFA.