CPSC And Manufacturers Announce Recall Of Wooden Bunk Beds

Note: Firm phone number changes, Firm out of business.

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Originally issued May 9, 1995; Last Revised January 22, 2008

(301) 504-7908

Release # 95-118

 

CPSC And Manufacturers Announce Recall Of Wooden Bunk Beds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and 11 bunk bed manufacturers jointly announced today a recall program for more than 320,000 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. This recall program is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury and death.

From 1990 through 1994, CPSC received reports of 24 children who died from becoming caught in bunk beds with similar spaces in the top bunk. Nineteen of those children were ages two and under, and four were three years of age. Neither CPSC nor the manufacturers are aware of any injuries or 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 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 recalled beds were sold nationwide through furniture and specialty stores. 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 that will eliminate the potential entrapment hazard. If this cannot be done (for example, firm out of business), the product should be destroyed or discarded. 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.

Company Model #'s Dates Distributed Locations Description of Beds

Backwoods Design
Priest River, ID
OUT OF BUSINESS

GII, GIIC

Oct. 1994-Nov. 1994

WA, OR

Company logo with name burned into guardrail of bed

Brill Furniture
Ludington, MI
(231) 843-2430

648
880
2048

1994
1991-1994
1990-1994

Central and Eastern U.S.

Manufacturers name is stamped on the inside rail on the top, head end of the bed

Dover Furniture
Arley, AL
(800) 433-3485

501
550

1992 - 1994

Nationwide

Contact retailer to identify manufacturer

Fine Pine
Vinemont, AL
(256) 734-7588

1010, 1020, 1060, 1100, 1130

1990 - 1994

Nationwide

Contact retailer to identify manufacturer

H&H Furniture
Seagrove, NC
(800) 543-9808

5000 Series

1981 - 1994

MI, NJ, PA, MD, NY, OK, FL, WV, OH, KS, VA, MA, NM, TX, NC, NH, NE, CT, NH, NE, CT, TN, ME

CASUAL CRATES COLLECTION BUNK BEDS - ladder permanently built onto the bunk ends; ladder upright and steps are constructed of 1.5 inch by 1.5 inch square pine lumber fastened with hex head lag. Bed ends are constructed of 3.5 inch pine boards.

Houston Wood
Arley, AL
(205) 221-0584

Stackable

1988 - 1992

 

Contact retailer to identify manufacturer

Lexington Furniture Industries
Lexington, NC
(336) 474-5300

194-187c
224-187c
730-187c
950-187c

Early 1980's - 1993

Nationwide

Wooden bunk beds included as part of a larger furniture arrangement

MAFCO, Inc.
Houston, TX
OUT OF BUSINESS

T/18
T/19
T/28

Jan 1994.Nov. 1994

Distributed out of TX

"Hecho en Mexico" stamped on inside of wood rails or underneath headboard

Sumter Cabinet Co.
Sumter, SC
(803) 778-5444

1880

1992 - 1994

Nationwide

Solid oak Double Decker 3/3 bed with light brown finish

Tech Designs
Bridgeport, CT
(203) 336-2801

200 Loft

Early 1980's - 1988

 

Contact retailer to identify manufacturer

Woodcrest Sales
Peru, IN
(800) 878-4948

2602, WW2000, PB300, PB400, BK1000, BK2000

1983 - 1994

Nationwide

2602 - 2x6 bunk bed ladder that converts to twin beds; built-in ladder
WW2000 - Wagon Wheel bunk bed with spindle spokes; attached ladder
PB300 - 3" poster bunk bed with 3" spindles on arched frame; attached ladder
PB400 - 4" poster bunk bed with 3" spindles on sculptured frame; attached ladder
BK2000 - 10" bookcase bunk bed with hour glass vertical boards on scalloped frame; attached ladder
BK1000 - 8" bookcase bunk bed; attached ladder