About 30,000 bunk beds have been recalled because of the threat of children becoming entrapped in the bed. A three3-year-old Iowa boy died after such a mishap in March 2010. Big Lots of Columbus, Ohio, issued the 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.
The Burlington, Iowa, boy died when his head and neck became entrapped and the weight of the futon’s metal frame prevented him from breathing. The bunk beds have an additional hazard. The space between the last rung on the bunk bed’s ladder and the futon mattress is too small, which can allow a child’s body to pass through but not the head, posing a head and neck entrapment hazard. The metal futon bunk beds have an upper bunk designed to hold a twin mattress. The bottom bunk has a convertible futon bed.
The recall includes metal futon bunk beds with model number BFB1008GE sold exclusively at Big Lots stores nationwide between January 2009 and April 2010 for about $200. 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 or visit the company’s website at www.biglots.com.
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