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November 10, 1998

Manufacturers Announce Recall of Wooden Bunk Beds

Washington, DC (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), five bunk bed manufacturers are recalling more than 37,000 wooden bunk beds. The beds have spaces on the top bunk that present potential entrapment and strangulation hazards 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.

CPSC is not aware of any deaths associated with the beds being recalled by these five manufacturers. However, since 1990, 39 children have died from becoming entrapped in wooden or metal bunk beds with similar spaces on the top bunk. Thirty-seven of those children were 3 years old or younger. Since 1994, more than half a million hazardous bunk beds have been recalled.

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. The manufacturers are participating in this recall to improve the safety of the beds and to meet the requirements of the voluntary standard. The manufacturers also will send consumers permanent labels to be placed on the beds to warn not to put children under the age of 6 on the upper bunk. CPSC and the manufacturers continue to urge parents and caregivers not to put children under the age of 6 on the top bunk.

Consumers should stop using the recalled beds immediately and call the company for a replacement guardrail, retrofit kit or instructions that will eliminate the potential entrapment hazard. The recalled beds were sold through flea markets and in specialty and furniture stores, including Workbench furniture store. 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.

Manufacturer Models (Twin Beds) Distribution Locations
Fine Pine
Vinemont, AL
(800) 874-5737
1010, 1030, 1180
1130 (formerly 56)
and 1060 (formerly 32)
1990-1998 Nationwide
New England Woodcraft
Forest Dale VT
(802) 247-8211
Bed NE 120, 1020,
1120, Ladder NE 144,
and 1144
1994-1997 Nationwide
J.I.M. Manufacturing
Los Angeles, CA
(800) 989-6141
1986-1998 Southern California and Nevada
I.E.M. Furniture
City of Commerce, CA
(800) 869-1688
1996-1998 Nationwide
Padilla's Furniture
Los Angeles, CA
(800) 232-2310 (in CA)
(213) 232-2310 (outside CA)
Literas 100
1996-1998 Southern California
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