(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
Release # 94-024
Southern Enterprises, Inc. Offers
Reinforcement Bracket For Children's Tubular Metal Bunk Beds
PRODUCT: Approximately 6,000 high gloss, tubular
metal frame, twin size/full size children's bunkbeds, Southern Enterprises, Inc. (SEI)
#BB-104-2 (red), BB- 105-2 (white), BB-106-2 (blue), and BB-107-2 (black) sold from
January 1990 to present. (Twin size on top; full size on bottom). All beds subject to this
program have rectangular mattress support side rails measuring 3/4-inch by 1-1/2 inches.
PROBLEM: The bunkbed may unexpectedly collapse during use. Bed occupants may be injured by
the falling upper bunk.
WHAT TO DO: Stop using affected beds immediately. To determine if you have an SEI bed,
contact the retailer for information on the importer or manufacturer of the bed. Consumers
with affected SEI beds should call the company toll-free at (800) 633-5096 for a free
retrofit kit to reinforce the bed.
WASHINGTON, DC - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Southern Enterprises, Inc. (SEI), Dallas, TX, is voluntarily providing reinforcement
brackets for certain children's tubular metal frame bunkbeds. The upper level can fall
unexpectedly causing the bunkbed to collapse.
SEI has sold about 6,000 such beds since January 1990 in retail stores nationwide. The
beds sold for approximately $150 to $300 each. SEI has received about 15 reports of these
beds breaking, including 6 reports of alleged injury. SEI is offering free reinforcement
brackets to avoid further incidents.
The bunkbeds subject to this program (models BB- 104-2, BB-105-2, BB-106-2, and BB-107-2)
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 18 crossbars to
support each mattress. The two rectangular mattress support side rails are 3/4-inch wide
and 1-1/2 inches high and a metal ladder attaches to the side of the bed as a separate
Consumers should immediately stop using affected beds as bunkbeds. To determine if you
have a SEI bed, contact the retailer for information on the importer or manufacturer of
the bed. Consumers with affected SEI beds should call the company toll-free at (800) 633-
5096. SEI is offering consumers a retrofit kit that will reinforce the upper bunk when
assembled on the upper and lower corner joints.
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 or
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 1-800-638-8270.
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
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