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

Units: 524

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 (note added 01/18/2005 - recall information is no longer on the firm's web site).

Media Contact: Brad Sobel at (718) 922-6090

Picture of Recalled Bunk BedPicture of Recalled Bunk Bed