The recall of a 42-inch LED-TV that was imported by Haier America Trading L.L.C. of New York should be a good reminder of the danger of televisions tipping over.
About 5,000 Haier 42-inch LED TV are being recalled because "the TV stand's neck support can break and cause the TV to tip over, posing a risk of injury." Although no injuries have been reported, there have been at least "184 reports of the TV stand's neck cracking or breaking."
If you have one of these recalled TVs, which were made in China and sold for about $450 online and at retail stores nationwide, you "should immediately stop using it and detach the TV from the stand and keep both the TV and the base in a safe location" until you get a free replacement stand neck from Haier.
Even if you don't have this TV, it is a good reminder that "deaths and injuries frequently occur when children climb onto, fall against or pull themselves up on television stands, shelves, bookcases, dressers, desks and chests. In some cases, televisions placed on top of furniture tip over and cause a child to suffer traumatic and sometimes fatal injuries."
Help prevent tip-over hazards by making sure furniture is stable and anchored to the wall and that your TV is placed as far back on the stand as possible, "on sturdy furniture appropriate for the size of the TV or on a low-rise base."