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CPSC, Ethan Allen Announce Recall of Bunk Beds

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Recall Date:
April 13, 2004

Recall Details


April 13, 2004

Alert #04-546


The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Bunk Beds

Units: About 2,000

Retailer: Ethan Allen, of Danbury, Conn.

Hazard: A metal "j" hook on the guardrails can become dislodged, allowing the guardrail to slide or move out of position. This can allow the guardrail to detach from the bunk bed or allow the occupant to roll off the top bunk.

Incidents/Injuries: Ethan Allen is aware of 22 incidents where a "j" hook became dislodged. Ethan Allen is not aware of any incidents or injuries caused by a dislodged "j" hook.

Description: The top bunk guardrails on Ethan Allen Ryan and P.J. Bunk Beds have item numbers 35-5659-4, 36-5659-3 or 36-5659-4. Item numbers can be found on the inside of the bottom bunk headboard or footboard. The "j" hooks were incorporated into the guardrails of bunk beds as a locking/unlocking device. When unlocked and out of position, the guardrail can be removed for easy access to change bed linen.

Sold at: Ethan Allen stores nationwide from June 2003 through December 2003 for between $1,150 and $1,350.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the top bunk if a "j" hook has become dislodged. Ethan Allen is directly notifying consumers who purchased these bunk beds about the recall and is providing free repair kits. Guardrails will be shipped to consumers with these recalled bunk beds on or about May 20, 2004.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Ethan Allen at (888) 339-9398 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Consumers also can contact Ethan Allen on their web site at or email the firm at

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