Stacey Reuben Mesa
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189
|Release # 94-051
Gold Key Enterprises Recall Tubular Metal
PRODUCT: Gold Key's high gloss, tubular metal
frame, twin size/full size and twin size/twin size children's bunk beds. All models
purchased from 1988 through September 1993 are affected. The beds are similar to other
beds sold by numerous other vendors and can be identified by the protruding metal mattress
support tongues which extend from the corner posts and slide into the top and bottom
mattress frames. Most Gold Key beds also have distinctive scroll work on the head boards,
foot boards and guard rails.
PROBLEM: The bunk bed may unexpectedly collapse during use. Bed occupants may be injured
by the falling upper bunk.
WHAT TO DO: Stop using the affected beds immediately and contact the retailer,
manufacturer or importer. If your bed matches the description above, call Gold Key
toll-free at 1-800-652-1203 to obtain a free retrofit kit to reinforce the bed.
WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
Gold Key Enterprises, Arlington, TX, is voluntarily providing reinforcement brackets for
their children's tubular metal bunk beds. The upper level can fall unexpectedly causing
the bunk beds to collapse.
Gold Key has received some 100 reports of these bed frames cracking or breaking. There
were no reports of injury. From 1988 through September 1993 Gold Key distributed some
50,000 of these beds in models selling from approximately $160 to $300 each. The beds were
sold largely through retailers in the midwest, including Rhodes, Unclaimed Freight,
Rottmans, Schewel Furniture, Value City, Freight Sales, The Room Store, and Arronsons.
Since September 1993, Gold Key has sold redesigned bunk beds and ceased distributing the
All models of metal bunk beds distributed from 1988 through September 1993 are affected by
this repair program. The beds are similar to other beds sold by numerous other vendors and
can be identified by protruding metal mattress support tongues which extend from the
corner posts and slide into the top and bottom mattress frames. Most Gold Key beds have
distinctive scroll work on the head boards, foot boards and guard rails.
The tubular metal beds are sold in three basic models: twin-size on top over full-size on
bottom, twin over twin, and twin over futon. All models are painted a high gloss red,
white, blue, or black color. The bunk beds are believed to suffer a design flaw that may
cause one or more of the eight corner supports to come loose.
Gold Key encourages consumers to immediately stop using the affected beds and call the
company toll-free at 1-800-652-1203. Gold Key is offering consumers a free retrofit kit
that will reinforce the eight corner supports when assembled on the upper and lower corner
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 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 or metal around
the weld. Consumers should stop using damaged bunk beds and contact the retailer,
manufacturer, or importer. To assist CPSC in its investigations, consumers are urged to
call CPSC toll-free weekdays at 1-800-638-2772 to report incidents or injuries involving
metal bunk beds. A teletypewriter for the hearing and speech impaired is available at
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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