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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 1995

Release # 95-119
CPSC: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1193

CPSC & Various Manufacturers Announce Recall of Wooden Bunk Beds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and 11 bunk bed manufacturers jointly announced today a recall program for more than 320,000 wooden bunk beds. The bunk beds have openings on the top bunk which may present a potential entrapment hazard to young children. The spaces can be large enough for a child's body to pass through, but small enough to entrap the child's head. This recall program is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury and death.

From 1990 through 1994, CPSC received reports of 24 children who died from becoming caught in bunk beds with similar spaces in the top bunk. Nineteen of those children were ages two and under, and four were three years of age. Neither CPSC nor the manufacturers are aware of any injuries or deaths associated with the products listed below.

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) voluntary standard for bunk beds requires that, in addition to having guardrails on both sides of the top bunk, any spaces between the guardrail and bed frame, and in the head and foot boards on the top bunk, be less than 3.5 inches. Bunk beds currently made by the companies listed below now meet the spacing requirement of the voluntary standard. The companies are also placing permanent labels on their beds to warn that children under the age of six be prohibited from the upper bunk. CPSC and the manufacturers continue to urge parents and caregivers not to put children under the age of six on the top bunk.

The recalled beds were sold nationwide through furniture and specialty stores. The manufacturers and importers listed below are participating in this recall to improve the safety of these beds and to meet the requirements of the voluntary standard.

Consumers should stop using the recalled beds immediately and call the company or contact the retailer for a replacement guardrail, retrofit kit, or instructions that will eliminate the potential entrapment hazard. If consumers are not sure of the bunk bed manufacturer or have any questions about this recall, they should call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772.

Company Model #'s Dates Distributed Locations Description of Beds
Backwoods Design
Priest River, ID
OUT OF BUSINESS
GII, GIIC Oct. 1994-Nov. 1994 WA, OR Company logo with name burned into guardrail of bed
Brill Furniture
Ludington, MI
(616) 843-2430
648
880
2048
1994
1991-1994
1990-1994
Central and Eastern U.S. Manufacturers name is stamped on the inside rail on the top, head end of the bed
Dover Furniture
Arley, AL
(800) 433-3485
501
550
1992 - 1994 Nationwide Contact retailer to identify manufacturer
Fine Pine
Vinemont, AL
(205) 734-7588
1010, 1020, 1060, 1100, 1130 1990 - 1994 Nationwide Contact retailer to identify manufacturer
H&H Furniture
Seagrove, NC
(800) 789- 3132
5000 Series 1981 - 1994 MI, NJ, PA, MD, NY, OK, FL, WV, OH, KS, VA, MA, NM, TX, NC, NH, NE, CT, NH, NE, CT, TN, ME CASUAL CRATES COLLECTION BUNK BEDS - ladder permanently built onto the bunk ends; ladder upright and steps are constructed of 1.5 inch by 1.5 inch square pine lumber fastened with hex head lag. Bed ends are constructed of 3.5 inch pine boards.
Houston Wood
Arley, AL
(205) 221-0584
Stackable 1988 - 1992   Contact retailer to identify manufacturer
Lexington Furniture Industries
Lexington, NC
(800) 461-8895
194-187c
224-187c
730-187c
950-187c
Early 1980's - 1993 Nationwide Wooden bunk beds included as part of a larger furniture arrangement
MAFCO, Inc.
Houston, TX
(713) 643-7676
T/18
T/19
T/28
Jan 1994.Nov. 1994 Distributed out of TX "Hecho en Mexico" stamped on inside of wood rails or underneath headboard
Sumter Cabinet Co.
Sumter, SC
(803) 778-5444
1880 1992 - 1994 Nationwide Solid oak Double Decker 3/3 bed with light brown finish
Tech Designs
Bridgeport, CT
(203) 336-2801
200 Loft Early 1980's - 1988   Contact retailer to identify manufacturer
Woodcrest Sales
Peru, IN
(800) 878-4948
2602, WW2000, PB300, PB400, BK1000, BK2000 1983 - 1994 Nationwide 2602 - 2x6 bunk bed ladder that converts to twin beds; built-in ladder
WW2000 - Wagon Wheel bunk bed with spindle spokes; attached ladder
PB300 - 3" poster bunk bed with 3" spindles on arched frame; attached ladder
PB400 - 4" poster bunk bed with 3" spindles on sculptured frame; attached ladder
BK2000 - 10" bookcase bunk bed with hour glass vertical boards on scalloped frame; attached ladder
BK1000 - 8" bookcase bunk bed; attached ladder

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 obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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