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TV Tip-Overs Still Causing Toddler Deaths

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On a blog that calls itself Overlawyered there is a post by Walter Olson that ridicules the continuing efforts of consumer organizations and parents to avoid the tragedy of TV tip-over deaths of toddlers.

Warning label demanded: TVs subject to gravity

Following three accidents in New York City, some grieving parents are asking for legislation mandating that TV sets carry warning labels that they’re heavy and can kill or injure you if you have the bad fortune to be underneath them when they topple over. (“Children killed by falling TVs”, AP/Newsday, Apr. 30).

Excerpts from the Newsday article: Children killed by falling TVs

Three New York City children have been fatally injured in the past two months by televisions that fell off of stands or furniture _ a rare type of accident that usually occurs only a few times a year nationwide.

The latest death came Wednesday, when a 27-inch set resting on a rolling stand toppled on top of a 4-year-old Brooklyn girl, police said.

A 3-year-old Brooklyn boy was killed in a similar incident on April 7, possibly as he was trying to reach a VCR perched on top of the television.

A two-year-old was killed in March by a 37-inch television that fell off a dresser.

The deaths have prompted a plea by some grieving mothers for new laws that would mandate warning labels about the potential danger of top-heavy or poorly placed TVs.

I have represented the parents of a toddler killed by a TV that fell from a dresser. Mr. Olsen, take your shots at lawyers if you must, but don’t make light of these deaths or the warnings that may avoid them.

On a blog that calls itself Overlawyered there is a post by Walter Olson that ridicules the continuing efforts of consumer organizations and parents to avoid the tragedy of TV tip-over deaths of toddlers.

Warning label demanded: TVs subject to gravity

Following three accidents in New York City, some grieving parents are asking for legislation mandating that TV sets carry warning labels that they’re heavy and can kill or injure you if you have the bad fortune to be underneath them when they topple over. (“Children killed by falling TVs”, AP/Newsday, Apr. 30).

Excerpts from the Newsday article: Children killed by falling TVs

Three New York City children have been fatally injured in the past two months by televisions that fell off of stands or furniture _ a rare type of accident that usually occurs only a few times a year nationwide.

The latest death came Wednesday, when a 27-inch set resting on a rolling stand toppled on top of a 4-year-old Brooklyn girl, police said.

A 3-year-old Brooklyn boy was killed in a similar incident on April 7, possibly as he was trying to reach a VCR perched on top of the television.

A two-year-old was killed in March by a 37-inch television that fell off a dresser.

The deaths have prompted a plea by some grieving mothers for new laws that would mandate warning labels about the potential danger of top-heavy or poorly placed TVs.

I have represented the parents of a toddler killed by a TV that fell from a dresser. Mr. Olsen, take your shots at lawyers if you must, but don’t make light of these deaths or the warnings that may avoid them.