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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
April 13, 1993

Release # 93-058

Toddler Bed May Pose Entrapment Hazard

PRODUCT: "Toddler Bed With Guard Rail," model 3210, distributed by Rainbow Mountain, Inc. The white, red or blue metal- framed beds were sold disassembled and use a standard crib mattress. The mattresses were not sold with the beds. Approximately 1,300 beds were sold from January 1992 through November 1992 to stores in the midwestern and eastern United States.

PROBLEM: The bed contains a space between the side guard rail and the mattress where a child could become entrapped.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should contact the store where the bed was purchased or Rainbow Mountain, Inc. at 1-800-253-5410 for a free retrofit kit. Consumers who do not want a retrofit kit but want a refund may return the beds to the store where purchased for a refund.

WASHINGTON, DC - Rainbow Mountain, Inc., Naperville, IL, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urge consumers who purchased Rainbow Mountain's model 3210 "Toddler Beds With Guard Rail" to contact the stores where the beds were purchased for free retrofit kits. The kits correct a child entrapment hazard between the beds' side guard rails and its mattresses. Neither Rainbow Mountain Inc. nor CPSC is aware of any injuries with the beds. There were three incidents reported where children became entrapped between the bed's side guard rail and mattress, but no injuries were reported.

The metal-framed, white, red or blue beds were imported from Taiwan. They use standard 27-inch by 52-inch crib mattresses, which were not sold with the beds. The beds are intended to be used as transition beds for children who have outgrown a crib but may not need a full-sized bed.

Approximately 1,300 beds were sold from January 1992 through November 1992 to stores located in the midwestern and eastern United States.

Each bed was sold disassembled and included a headboard, footboard, two side guard rails, two mattress support rails, and six mattress cross-support rails. The beds were unlabeled.

The bed contains a space between the side rail and the mattress where a child could become entrapped. The retrofit kit consists of a nylon mesh sleeve that fits over the bed's side guard rail to block this opening.

Consumers are urged to contact the stores where the beds were purchased or Rainbow Mountain, Inc. at 1-800-253-5410 for their free retrofit kits. Consumers who do not want a retrofit kit but want a refund may return the beds to the stores where purchased for a refund of the purchase price.

CPSC initially became aware of this problem as a result of a consumer complaint. Three non-injury complaints have been received.

CPSC is announcing this corrective action as part of its mission to protect the public from risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's mission is to reduce the estimated 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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