Stacey Reuben Mesa
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189
|Release # 94-087
World Import Ltd. Recalls Tubular Metal
PRODUCT: Approximately 930 C-shaped tubular metal
frame bunkbeds distributed to stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware
by World Imports Ltd. from August 1992 through October 1993. The beds are models 02-2332
(red), 02-2343 (white), 02-2354 (blue), and 02-2365 (black). The bed uses a twin-size
mattress on the top and a full-size mattress on the bottom. The beds have "C"
shaped headboard and footboard frames. World Imports' other beds are not a part of this
PROBLEM: These "C" beds may unexpectedly collapse. People in the beds could be
injured by the falling upper bunk. CPSC is investigating the collapse of similar beds
imported, manufactured or sold by others.
WHAT TO DO: Stop using the bed. Call World Imports Ltd. toll-free number at 800-486-4710
weekdays between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (Eastern time) for a free corner kit designed to
reinforce the bed and prevent collapse.
WASHINGTON, DC - World Imports Ltd., Philadelphia,Pennsylvania, in cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer ProductSafety Commission (CPSC), is voluntarily providing free cornerkits to
reinforce approximately 930 of their twin/full-size C-shaped children's bunkbeds. The beds
were distributed to storesin New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware from
August1992 through October 1993. The models needing the free cornerkits are: 02-2332
(red), 02-2343 (white), 02-2354 (blue), and02-2365 (black). The beds use twin-size
mattresses on the topbunks and full-size mattresses on the bottoms. They have
"C" shaped headboard and footboard frames. No other World ImportsLtd. beds need
the free corner kit.
The beds needing the corner kit can be identified by thefollowing:
- the head and foot end frames are designed in a
- there is a partial guard rail on each long side of
the upper bunk,
- the upper bunk on the beds could fall unexpectedly
after squeaking or creaking,
- a gold "Warning" label is located on the
top of the C- shaped end frame at the head or foot of the top bed.
World Imports Ltd. has received approximately 35
reports of their"C" beds collapsing with no reported injuries.
Any consumer who has one of these beds should immediatelystop using the bed. Then call
World Imports Ltd. toll-freenumber at 800-486-4710, weekdays between 9:00 am and 5:00
pm(Eastern time). World Imports Ltd. will provide consumers freecorner kits that consumers
can install designed to reinforce thebed and prevent collapse.
The CPSC is continuing to investigate importers,manufacturers, and retailers of metal bunk
beds that may presenta similar risk of collapsing. To date, firms have received over500
complaints of defective bunk beds industry-wide. CPSC urgesconsumers to inspect all eight
mattress support corners of allmetal bunk beds for breaks or cracks in the paint and
metalaround the welds. Consumers should stop using damaged bunkbedsand contact the
retailer, manufacturer, or importer. To assistCPSC in its investigation, consumers are
urged to call the CPSCtoll-free hotline weekdays at (800) 638-2772 to report incidentsor
injuries involving metal bunk beds. A teletypewriter for thehearing or speech 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
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