FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 3, 1994

 

Release # 94-043


PRODUCT: High gloss, tubular metal frame, twin size/full size bunk beds, sold by Montgomery Ward, model number 66-72995 (red or white) manufactured by Yu Wei, Inc. between 1990 and 1991 are affected. Bunk beds with a center, fifth leg on the lower full size bed portion are not affected.

PROBLEM: The bunk beds may develop cracks in the welds and collapse during use, and occupants may be injured.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should immediately stop using the affected beds. Firm is out of business. Do not use these products. Please discard or destroy these products.

WASHINGTON, DC -- CPSC, Montgomery Ward & Co., Incorporated, is has recalled certain tubular metal frame bunk beds. The upper level may collapse and possibly result in an injury to an occupant on the bed.

The beds sold for approximately $199 each. Out of approximately 13,000 beds sold, 17 reports of welds breaking have been received including eight reports of alleged injury.

The bunk beds, model 66-72995, have metal frames made of hollow painted tubes. The glossy painted frame can be either red or white. The beds use a twin-size mattress on the top bunk and a full-size mattress on the bottom bunk. The beds have 18 crossbars to support each mattress. The two rectangular mattress support side rails are 3/4-inch wide and 1-1/2 inches high and a metal ladder attaches to the side of the bed as a separate unit. The affected beds do not include bunk beds with a center fifth leg on the lower full size bed position.

Consumers should immediately stop using the affected bunk beds. Firm is out of business. Do not use these products. Please discard or destroy these products

CPSC is investigating numerous other importers and manufacturers of metal bunk beds that may present a similar risk of collapsing. To date, firms have received more than 400 complaints of defective bunk beds industry-wide. CPSC urges consumers to inspect all eight mattress support corners of all metal bunk beds for breaks or cracks in the paint and metal around the welds. Consumers should stop using damaged bunk beds and contact the retailer, manufacturer, or importer. To assist CPSC in its continuing bunk bed investigations, consumers are urged to call the CPSC toll-free hotline weekdays at 1-800-638-2772 to report incidents or injuries involving metal bunk beds. A teletypewriter for the hearing impaired is available at (301) 595-7054.