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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
December 13, 1993
Release # 94-019

Rosalco, Inc. Offers Reinforcement Brackets For Children's Tubular Metal Bunk Beds

PRODUCT: Approximately 175,000 high gloss, tubular metal frame, twin size/full size children's bunk bed, Rosalco models 3007 (red), 3027 (blue), 3207 (white), and 3227 (black) sold from January 1990 to present. (Twin size on top; full size on bottom.) Also metal frame twin size/twin size bunk beds, Rosalco models 3006 (red), 3026 (blue) 3206 (white, and 3226 (black). All beds have rectangular mattress support side rails measuring 1 inch by 2 inches.

PROBLEM: The bunk bed may unexpectedly collapse during use. Bed occupants may be injured by the falling upper bunk.

WHAT TO DO: Stop using affected beds as bunk beds immediately. To determine if you have a Rosalco bed, contact the retailer for information on the importer or manufacturer of the bed. Consumers with affected Rosalco beds should call the company toll-free at (800) 833-1545 for a free retrofit kit to reinforce the bed.

WASHINGTON, DC - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Rosalco, Inc., Jeffersonville, IN, is voluntarily providing reinforcement brackets for certain children's tubular metal frame bunk beds. The upper level can fall unexpectedly causing the bunk bed to collapse.

Rosalco, Inc., an Indiana importer, has sold about 175,000 such beds since January 1990 in retail stores nationwide. The beds sold for approximately $150 to $300 each. Rosalco has received about 150 reports of these beds breaking; including 10 reports of alleged injury when the beds failed. The Company is offering free reinforcement brackets to avoid further incidents.

The bunk beds subject to this program (models 3006, 3007, 3026, 3027, 3206, 3207, 3226 and 3227) have metal frames made of hollow painted tubes. The glossy painted frame can be either red, blue, white or black. The beds use a standard twin size mattress on the top bunk and either a twin or full size mattress on the bottom bunk. The beds have a total of 18 crossbars to support the mattresses. The two rectangular mattress support side rails are 1 inch wide and 2 inches high, and a metal ladder attaches to the side of the bed as a separate unit.

Rosalco sold slightly different versions of the bunk bed models listed above that are not subject to the retrofit program. These beds have mattress support side rails that measure 1 1/2 inches by 3/4 inches. Only beds with side rails measuring 1 inch by 2 inches require the reinforcement brackets.

Consumers should immediately stop using affected beds as bunk beds. To determine if you have a Rosalco bed, contact the retailer to determine the importer or manufacturer of the bed. Consumers with affected Rosalco beds should call the company toll- free at (800) 833-1545. Rosalco, Inc. is offering consumers a retrofit kit that will reinforce the upper bunk when assembled on the upper and lower corner joints.

Since December 1992, Rosalco has been distributing bunk beds with a different reinforcement bracket kit. Nevertheless, the Company is also including these beds in its program. Therefore, consumers who have bought beds since December 1992, with a reinforcement bracket kit, should also call Rosalco's toll-free number for a new bracket kit.

The CPSC is investigating numerous other importers and manufacturers of metal bunk beds that may present a similar risk of collapsing. To date, firms have received over 300 complaints of defective bunk beds industry-wide. CPSC urges all consumers to inspect all eight mattress support corners of all metal bunk beds for breaks or cracks in the paint and metal around the weld. Consumers should stop using damaged bunk beds and contact the retailer, manufacturer, or importer. To assist CPSC in its continuing bunk bed investigations, consumers are urged to call the CPSC toll-free hotline weekdays at (800) 638-2772 to report incidents or injuries involving metal bunk beds. A teletypewriter for the hearing impaired is available at (800) 638-8270.

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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