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AHFA Files Petition for CPSC Judicial Review of the CPSC's New Clothing Storage Furniture Safety Standards

December 10, 2022

According to an online news report published on, the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) has filed a petition for judicial review concerning the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Safety Standard for Clothing Storage Units. The AHFA wants the new CPSC Safety Standard for Clothing Storage Units rule vacated. The American Home Furnishings Alliance's petition was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The petition is also supported by the Mississippi Economic Council and the Mississippi Manufacturers Association.

The report states that the AHFA supports a mandatory rule that improves furniture stability to lower the number of deaths and injuries associated with furniture tip-over accidents involving small children. The AHFA states that the complexity of the performance testing requirements makes the CPSC's new rule unenforceable. The AHFA outlined the compliance costs not reflected in the CPSC rule’s cost/benefit analysis. These additional costs allegedly make it more difficult for lower-price clothing storage furniture to be manufactured, and the CSC rule will make furniture cost-prohibitive for several American families.

The new Safety Standard for Clothing Storage Units rule is concentrated on establishing a new “stability rating” for clothing storage furniture to help consumers ascertain which products are “more stable.” The AHFA states that the rating should offer consumers an assurance of compliance instead of a sliding scale of “more” or “less” stable. 

CPSC created the Safety Standard for Clothing Storage Units last year and will require importers and home furnishings manufacturers to be in compliance by May 24, 2023. They will also be required to engineer and test their furniture products to meet or exceed the rule’s minimum stability requirements and provide the required warning labels and hangtags to all units.

The Safety Standard for Clothing Storage Units standard applies to dressers, freestanding chests, armoires, and bureaus. The rule is not limited to furniture marketed as “clothing storage.” All furniture that is 27" or taller and meets the rule’s weight and storage standards is within the range of the CPSC's safety standard.  

According to the CPSC, their rule is opposed by AHFA without providing an effective alternative. 

As of October 2022, the STURDY Act passed the U.S. Senate and awaits House passage. The act has received unanimous support from both Democrats and Republicans. 

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