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Pa. Sen. Bob Casey Sponsors Bill To Protect Children From Falling Furniture

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KDKA) -- U.S. Senator Bob Casey is sponsoring a bill to protect children from falling furniture.

The STURDY Act — or the Stop Tip-Overs Of Unstable, Risky Dressers On Youth bill — would make stability standards for manufactures mandatory rather than voluntary. Companies would need to get their products tested for safety and stability before being sold.

Casey's bill claims 460 children have died in tip-overs since 2000. The bill also claims a child is injured that way every 46 minutes.

In 2014, two little girls in Aliquippa, Ryeley and Brooklyn Beatty, were killed when a dresser fell on them. In 2017, a girl in New Kensington was hurt when an entertainment center fell on her.

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