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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 1997

Release # 97-095
CPSC: Nychelle White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC Announces Recall of Wooden and Metal Bunk Beds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), five bunk bed manufacturers are recalling approximately 3,100 wooden and metal 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 a child's head.

Since November 1994, CPSC and 31 manufacturers have announced recalls of more than 511,400 wooden bunk beds with similar entrapment hazards. In response to this action, the manufacturers participating in this recall have also identified wooden and metal bunk beds with similar entrapment hazards.

Since 1990, CPSC has received reports of 34 children who died from becoming caught in spaces in the top of wooden bunk beds. Thirty-three of those children were 3 years old or younger. In addition, CPSC has received reports of four children who died from becoming caught in spaces in the top of metal bunk beds. All four children were 2 years old or younger.

The ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) voluntary standard for bunk beds requires that, in addition to having guardrails on both sides of the top bunk, all 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 or placing permanent labels on their bunk beds to warn that children under age 6 be prohibited from the upper bunk. CPSC and the manufacturers continue to urge parents and caregivers not to put children under age 6 on the top bunk.

The manufacturers 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.

Dates
Company Model(s) Distributed Locations
Acme Trading Corp. 2441 July 1996 - CA, CO, IL,
Vernon, CA Metal Bunk Beds January 1997 NE, OK, OR,
(213) 623-0000 TX
Chicken & Egg Furniture Horizontal and Spindle 1987 - 1997 CA, CO, ID,
Seattle, WA Rung Blakely IL, MN, MT,
(206) 623-6144 Wooden Bunk Beds NV, OR, WA,
WI
IEM Furniture 2155B, 2155G, 2155W, 1994 - 1996 CA, NV, OR,
City of Commerce, CA 2153B, 2153G, 2153W WA
(213) 888-1688 Metal Bunk Beds
Lewis Furniture Mfg. Co. 202 1989- GA, SC
Williamston, SC Wooden Bunk Beds January 1997
(864) 847-4281
Silver Eagle Corp. Loft-1, CBD-Bunk-TT, 1995 - 1997 CA, NV, OR,
Sacramento, CA CSH-Bunk-TT, RBD-Loft, WA
(916) 925-6099 REC-Bunk-TT
Wooden Bunk/Loft Beds
when used in a bunk bed
configuration

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 report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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