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Jun 28 2011

Bunk Beds Recalled After Child’s Death

Posted in Product Liability

Are there dangerous and defective products in your home, which represent a potential fatal hazard to young children? One of the best ways to find out is by keeping updated on U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls, Alabama product liability attorney Keith T. Belt says

Big Lots of Columbus, Ohio, issued the voluntary recall of the metal futon bunk beds, which can entrap a child when the futon and its metal frame are lowered to a flat position. The recall was issued in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

About 30,000 bunk beds have been recalled because of the threat of children becoming entrapped in the bed, a federal consumer agency said Thursday. A 3-year-old Iowa boy died after such a mishap in March 2010. A Burlington, Iowa, boy died when his head and neck became entrapped and the weight of the futons metal frame prevented him from breathing.

These bunk beds have an additional hazard, since the space between the last rung on the bunk bed’s ladder and the futon mattress is too small. This design feature allows a child’s body to pass through but not the head, posing a head and neck entrapment hazard. Additionally these metal futon bunk beds have an upper bunk designed to hold a twin mattress with the bottom bunk capable of converting into a futon bed.

The recalled metal futon bunk beds were sold exclusively by Big Lots stores nationwide from January 2009 through April 2010 for about $200. They were sold non-assembled, and were manufactured in China.

Consumers should immediately stop using the bunk beds and contact Big Lots for a free repair kit that contains new ladders and other parts that consumers can install at home.

For additional information, contact Big Lots toll-free at 1-866-244-5687 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.biglots.com.