December 14, 1995
Release # 96-040
|CPSC: Kate Primo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC Announces Recall of Additional Wooden Bunk
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), three bunk bed manufacturers and importers are
recalling over 31,400 wooden bunk beds. The bunk beds have openings on the top bunk that
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. Similarly, on September 28, 1995, CPSC and an
additional 10 manufacturers announced the recall of over 41,000 wooden bunk beds. In
response to this action, the manufacturers participating in this recall 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 providing permanent
labels for or placing permanant 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.
|Quality Craft, Inc.
National City, CA
|Prior to July 1995
|9451 "Country Land"
||May 1994 -
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