(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
|Release # 94-039
L. Powell Company Inc. Begins Repair
Program For Children's Tubular Metal Bunk Beds
PRODUCT: Approximately 23,400 distinctive C-shaped
tubular metal frame children's bunk beds distributed to stores nationwide by the L. Powell
Company, Inc. from June 1992 through March 31, 1993. The beds are models 440 (red), 446
(white), 447 (blue), and 448 (black). They use a twin-size mattress on the top and a
full-size mattress on the bottom. They have C-shaped headboard and footboard frames,
partial guard rails on both sides of the upper bunk, and a middle leg on the side rail of
the bottom bunk. Powell's other beds are not affected.
PROBLEM: These "C" beds may unexpectedly collapse. Bed occupants could be
injured by the falling upper bunk. CPSC is investigating the collapse of similar beds
imported by others.
WHAT TO DO: Stop using the bed or place both bunks on the floor immediately; inspect all
eight mattress support corners; then call Powell's special toll-free number,
1-800-258-1431, weekdays between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern time for a free corner
kit designed to reinforce the bed and prevent collapse.
WASHINGTON, DC -- The L. Powell Company Inc., Culver City, CA, in cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is voluntarily providing a free corner kit
to reinforce certain distinctive C-shaped children's tubular metal bunk beds imported and
distributed by the company. According to Powell, the upper bunk on these beds could fall
suddenly --usually after squeaking or creaking that consumers may not recognize as warning
sounds -- causing the bunk bed to collapse. Powell's action responds to a CPSC bunk bed
industry safety alert. The Powell Company has received 36 reports of "C" beds
collapsing, including five reports of injury. Powell imported and distributed about 23,400
"C" beds to stores from June 1992 through March 31, 1993. A large percentage of
the beds were sold by Pace Membership Warehouse, Inc. and Costco Wholesale.
Powell is one of the largest distributors of children's tubular metal bunk beds. This
action is being taken due to the firm's strong commitment to consumer safety. No other
Powell beds are affected by this repair program.
The bunk beds subject to this program -- models 440 (red), 446 (white), 447 (blue), and
448 (black) -- have metal frames made of hollow, glossy painted tubes, with a twin-size
mattress on the top bunk and a larger, full-size mattress on the bottom bunk. In addition,
the beds have the following identifying features:
- the head and foot end frames are designed in a
distinctive C shape;
- a middle leg is attached to the center of the side
rail of the bottom bunk;
- there is a partial guard rail on each side of the
- a gold "Warning" label is located on the
top of the C-shaped end frame at the head or foot of the bed;the letters "FR"
followed by a date code (month and year) are located on one of the two bed end frames or
bunk side rails (only beds with date codes before April 1993 (4 93) are included in this
- Powell's address, "P.O. Box 1408, Culver City,
CA 90232-1408," and the bed model number appear in the instructions and on the
Any consumer who has one of these beds should
immediately stop using it as a bunk bed. The bed can be used temporarily if both bunks are
placed on the floor. The consumer should inspect all eight mattress support corners for
breaks or cracks in the metal or paint around the welds and then call Powell's special
toll-free number, 1-800-258- 1431, weekdays between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Any consumer who has a "C" bed made before April 1993 will receive a corner kit
free of charge. The kit is designed to reinforce the bed and prevent collapse and has been
tested by CPSC.
CPSC is investigating numerous other importers and manufacturers of metal bunk beds that
may present a similar risk of collapsing. To date, bed suppliers industry-wide have
received more than 400 complaints of collapsing bunk beds. CPSC urges consumers to inspect
all eight mattress support corners of all metal bunk beds for breaks or cracks in the
paint or metal around the welds. Consumers should stop using damaged bunk beds and contact
the retailer, manufacturer, or importer. To assist CPSC in its continuing industry-wide
bunk bed investigation, consumers are urged to call the CPSC toll-free hotline weekdays at
1-800-638-2772 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
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