MILWAUKEE — New furniture safety requirements recently took effect that will hopefully save a child’s life. For one mother, this measure was 18 years in the making after her daughter was killed by a furniture tip-over. But this mom and experts warn there are still precautions parents need to take.
It was just days before Christmas in 2004 when Kimberly Amato lost her 3-year-old daughter Megan.
“We woke to find Megan lifeless underneath her dresser. We’re not sure exactly what happened, but we believe she had been playing in her room sometime in the very early morning hours, probably climbing on the drawers, and it fell on her,” said Kimberly.
After Megan’s death, Kimberly became an advocate. She spoke to lawmakers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and even started two non-profits, Meghan’s Hope and Parents Against Tip-Overs, to try to get the word out about the dangers of furniture tip-overs and get the laws changed.
“At the time of Meghan’s accident, I really thought she was the only one that this ever happened to. My goal was to prevent it from happening to anyone else, and I thought it was going to be really simple to do. It turned out it wasn’t. It’s taken over 18 years to get where we are today,” said Kimberly.
Where we are today is a new law. It is called the Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth Act known as the STURDY Act. Congress passed it in December of 2022. Early this month, on September 1, 2023,