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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 1995

Release # 95-173
CPSC: Rick Frost
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1166

CPSC Announces Recall of Additional Wooden Bunk Beds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and 10 bunk bed manufacturers and importers announced today the recall of over 41,000 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.

On May 9, 1995, CPSC and 11 manufacturers announced the recall of more than 320,000 wooden bunk beds with similar entrapment hazards. In response to this action, the manufacturers participating in the recall today have also identified bunk beds with similar entrapment hazards.

From 1990 through 1995, CPSC received reports of 26 children who died from becoming caught in bunk beds with similar spaces in the top bunk. Twenty one of those children were ages two and under, and four were three years of age. Neither CPSC nor the manufacturers are aware of any 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 bunk 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 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 to help eliminate the potential entrapment hazard. If consumers are not sure of the bunk bed manufacturer or have questions about this recall, they should call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772.

Company Model #'s Dates
Distributed
Locations
Artwood Fine
Furniture Mfg.
South El Monte, CA
(818) 350-5976
200
400
446
1992 - 1995
1989 - 1994
1992 - 1994
California
Brewster Corp.
Hamilton, AL
(205) 921-9712
300
500
46-33
Sept. 1989 - Jan. 1995
Oct. 1993 - Jan. 1995
Nov. 1993 - Jan.1995
 
D&J Mattress
Grants Pass, OR
(503) 479-3453
twin/twin
twin/full
1993 - 1995 Oregon
Crescent City, CA
Furniture Imports
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 423-7010
Wooden Bunk Bed when
used with metal rails
967
1767
1994 - 1995  
Irons Country Pine
Florence, AL
OUT OF BUSINESS
4600
4900
4300
1995 NY, PA, RI, CT, KY,
MD, MA, IL, WV, DC
Lee Anderson Furniture
Buena Park, CA
(714) 739-7033
64832
64882
Feb. 1992 - 1995 Nationwide
Nordwins Corp.
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 268-7493
862 1986 - 3/95 Southern CA, NY,
AZ, CO, OR, WA
Pine Cone Rustics Mfg.
Madison, MN
(612) 598-7774
Both models are bookcase
style, with a half-moon
design cut out of head
board
300
280
1986 - 1995 MN, SD, ND,WI, IA,MO,
IL, IN, MI, KS
Room Improvement
Woodland, CA
CONTACT RETAILER
2x4 twin/twin
2x6 twin/twin
2x6 twin/full
4x4 Standard
4x4 Jungle Gym
1/89 - 6/95 Valley District, Store
North Highland, CA
The Bunk Bed Shop
Cedar Creek, TX
(512) 332-0504
101
101S
1995
103RS
202RS
203BC
Early 1980's Texas

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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