California Proposition 65
A small amount of wood dust, nickel, PVC or other elements on furniture and household items might seem trivial to many. The state of California, however, has taken the issue of ingredients in consumer products to a whole new level with its Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, known as “Proposition 65.”
Originally, the proposition was intended to protect drinking water sources from chemical contamination. Over the years, however, the scope of the law has exploded. As the Los Angeles Times wrote recently, “Warnings (about Proposition 65) are everywhere: parking lots, hardware stores, hospitals and just about any decent-sized business.”
Proposition 65 requires warning labels on products that may contain any of 800-plus chemicals or ingredients that the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) lists as a carcinogen or a reproductive toxicant. These include wood dust, nickel, acrylamide (a bi-product of coffee bean roasting process) and a multitude of other everyday elements.
Many of the elements listed under Proposition 65 are common everyday additives found in products such as jewelry, lamps, ceramic tableware, coffee, lead crystal glasses, electric cords, beauty products and furniture.
Because there is always a chance that wood dust or some other of the hundreds of ingredients listed in Proposition 65 could potentially be on our furniture or packing materials, we must include Proposition 65 warnings on our products or risk large fines under this law in California. In addition, we are required to use the exact wording for this warning specified by California: “This product can expose you to chemicals including [name of California Prop 65 substance (E.G. Wood Dust)], which is known to the State of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm.
For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/furniture.”
Ideally, we would have placed these Safavieh warnings only on our furniture products being shipped to California. However, Safavieh Furniture, like most US based distributor’s, does not have the ability to select inventory based on the point of sale. Thus, we have no alternative except to place these warnings on all of our furniture, regardless of the point of sale originates from California or not. The safety of our customers is deeply engrained in our corporate culture. We want to assure you of our 105-year commitment to offering among the highest quality and safest products in the industry.
Most importantly, we promise to also honor the trust you have placed in us with your purchase or possible purchase of our products. We will honor your trust by offering furniture of enduring quality, lasting beauty and uncompromising safety to you and your family.
Safavieh Furniture wants to keep you informed with our commitment to making the best quality and compliant furniture.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Recall Date: April 4, 2017
Recall Number: 17-737
Safavieh Recalls Lingerie Chests Due to Serious Tip-Over Hazard (Recall Alert)
Name of Product: Lingerie chests
Hazard: The recalled chests are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, posing a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or injuries to children. The chests do not comply with the performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard (ASTM F2057-14).
Consumers should immediately stop using any recalled chest that is not properly anchored to the wall and place it into an area that children cannot access. Contact Safavieh for a refund. The firm is contacting all known purchasers directly.
Consumer Contact: Safavieh toll-free at 866-422-9070 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.safavieh.com and click on “Safety Notice” on the bottom of the page for more information.
Units: About 500
Description: This recall involves the Audrey lingerie chest in the white smoke color with item number AMH6584A. The item number is printed on a tag that is included in the product’s original box. The recalled chests have one drawer and one door below the drawer. The chests measure about 18 inches wide by 15 inches deep by 30 inches high.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported
Sold at: Online at Amazon.com, Overstock.com and Wayfair.com from January 2012 through June 2016 for about $130.
Importer/Distributor: Safavieh International LLC, of Port Washington, N.Y.
Manufactured in: China
Photo 1: Front view of the recalled Audrey lingerie chest in white smoke:
Photo 2: Detail view of recalled Audrey lingerie chest in white smoke
This recall was conducted, voluntarily by the company, under CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.