|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 21, 2003
Release # 04-034
|Company Phone Number: (800) 233-7178
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: Merit Bunk Beds
Importer: Merit Furniture Distributors, Inc., Brooklyn, NY
Hazard: The bunk beds have openings between the guardrails and in the end structures that are too large. A child's body could slide between the openings and could become trapped by the head, posing a serious strangulation hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Merit has not received any reports of incidents. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
Description: The "twin over twin" bunk beds involve model #DLM550, #DLM160, and #860. The wooden recalled bunk beds are labeled with the "Merit" name and specific model numbers on the top front railing system of the bunk beds.
Sold at: Furniture stores nationwide sold the bunk beds from May 2002 through August 2003 for about $150
Manufactured in: Brazil.
Remedy: Consumers should contact Merit for information on how to return their bunk bed and receive a full refund.
Consumer Contact: Call Merit at (800) 233-7178 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or log on the company's Web site at www.meritfurnituredistributors.com (note added 01/18/2005 - recall information is no longer on the firm's web site).
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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