|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 1995
Release # 95-175
|CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1187
CPSC Announces Recall of Catalina
Furniture Wooden Bunk Beds
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission is announcing a recall program to retrofit about 5,000 wooden bunk beds
that were manufactured and distributed by Catalina Furniture Company Inc. of Fullerton,
Calif. The bunk beds have openings on the top bunk, which may present an 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. The program affects Catalina Model No. 3892 bunk
beds manufactured prior to January 1, 1995.
11 manufacturers announced the recall of over 320,000 wooden bunk beds for similar
entrapment hazards back on May 9 of 1995. At that time, CPSC also identified the potential
entrapment hazard with the Catalina Model 3892 bunk bed. However, Catalina refused to be
included in that joint bunk bed recall announcement.
From 1990 through 1994, CPSC received reports of 24 children who died after becoming
caught in bunk beds that posed an entrapment hazard. Sixteen of the deaths resulted from
entrapment between the guardrail and mattress, or guardrail and bedframe. Nineteen of the
children were ages two and under, and four were three years of age. Catalina's bunk beds
are accompanied by warning labels advising that children under age six should not be
placed in the top bunk. CPSC and Catalina continue to urge parents and caregivers not to
put children under age 6 on the top bunk.
Although CPSC is not aware of any deaths or injuries related to Catalina bunk beds, the
Commission is aware of one incident in which a three-year-old child slipped between the
guardrail and mattress of a Catalina Model No. 3892 bunk bed and became entrapped by the
head. The child was rescued and did not sustain any injuries.
The ASTM voluntary standard for bunk beds requires that any spaces between the guardrail
of the top bunk and the bed frame, and in the head and foot boards on the top bunk, be
less than 3.5 inches. This standard has been set to reduce the possibility that a child's
head might become trapped in the spaces between the bunk bed supports. The space between
the guardrail of the top bunk and the bedframe of Catalina Model No. 3892 bunk beds
manufactured prior to January 1, 1995 is 5.5 inches. Catalina has redesigned its Model No.
3892 bunk beds so that beds manufactured after January 1, 1995 comply with the ASTM
Consumers who own a Catalina bunk bed Model No. 3892 should contact theretailer where the
bed was purchased or contact Catalina Furniture at (714) 523-7000 for a kit that will
reduce the size of the spaces in the Catalina bunk beds.
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
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