Family sues furniture maker after dresser kills toddler
A Barrington family is suing a furniture maker after a dresser fell on top of their two-year-old son, killing him.
Shane Siefert, 2, suffered head trauma and died from suffocation after the dressed tipped over and crushed him in the family’s home in 2011.
Lisa Siefert filed a lawsuit Thursday against Gemme Juvenile Inc, the maker of the dresser, and the now-closed Illinois store Furniture Kidz.
The lawsuit states that no warnings or instructions were given to help prevent a tip-over. It argues that the child’s dresser should have had an “anchoring strap” in place, or some other system that would ensure that the dresser wouldn’t tip over.
The dresser, the “Natart Chelsea 3-drawer dressers” were sold between January 2005 and December 2010 for between $600 and $900. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled about 300 of them after Shane’s death.
Gemme Juvenile is now supplying the owners of these dressers with a “free retrofit kit” that includes a safety strap to secure the dresser to a wall.