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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Stacey Reuben Mesa
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189
March 3, 1994
Release # 94-043

Montgomery Ward & Co. Offers Free Repair Part For Tubular Metal Bunk Beds

PRODUCT: High gloss, tubular metal frame, twin size/full size bunk beds, sold by Montgomery Ward, model number 66-72995 (red or white) manufactured by Yu Wei, Inc. between 1990 and 1991 are affected. Bunk beds with a center, fifth leg on the lower full size bed portion are not affected.

PROBLEM: The bunk beds may develop cracks in the welds and collapse during use, and occupants may be injured.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should immediately stop using the affected beds and examine them. Consumers should contact the Furniture Department of the nearest Montgomery Ward store or call Yu Wei, Inc. toll-free at 1-800-403-9784 for a free repair part to replace the upper bunk frame. This repair part has been tested and approved by CPSC.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Montgomery Ward & Co., Incorporated, is voluntarily providing free repair parts for certain tubular metal frame bunk beds. The upper level may collapse and possibly result in an injury to an occupant on the bed.

The beds sold for approximately $199 each. Out of approximately 13,000 beds sold, 17 reports of welds breaking have been received including eight reports of alleged injury. Montgomery Ward is offering free repair parts which have been tested and approved by CPSC.

The bunk beds subject to this program, model 66-72995, have metal frames made of hollow painted tubes. The glossy painted frame can be either red or white. The beds use a twin-size mattress on the top bunk and a 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 unit. The affected beds do not include bunk beds with a center fifth leg on the lower full size bed position.

Consumers should immediately stop using and examine the affected bunk beds. Consumers should contact a sales associate in the Furniture Department of Montgomery Ward to arrange for delivery of a free repair part that will replace the upper bunk frame. If consumers do not reside near a Montgomery Ward store, call Yu Wei, Inc. toll-free at 1-800- 403-9784.

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 more than 400 complaints of defective bunk beds industry-wide. CPSC urges consumers to inspect all eight mattress support corners of all metal bunk beds for breaks or cracks in the paint and metal around the welds. 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 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 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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