The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Columbus, Ohio-based
home goods company Big Lots have announced the recall of around 30,000
metal futon bunk beds due as the result of an entrapment hazard made legitimate
by the death of a 3-year-old Iowa boy.
The entrapment hazard threatens the safety of any child who places themselves
behind the futon or in the area of the ladder when the futon is lowered
into the flat position. The aforementioned 3-year-old boy fell victim
to these circumstances in March of 2010 when his head and neck became
entrapped by the heavy metal frame of the futon. The weight prevented
him from breathing or escaping. CPR was performed and he was transported
to the hospital, where he died from compression asphyxiation. Another
entrapment hazard exists in the narrow space between the last ladder rung
and the futon mattress, where a child’s body may fit through, but
their head and neck may become entrapped.
The affected metal bunk beds were sold from January 2009 through April
2010 across the nation for approximately $200. They have a twin-sized
upper bunk and a convertible futon bed as the bottom bunk, which is on
a metal frame. The model number is BFB1008 and is on a label attached
to the top bunk support rail.
To prevent any Nevada product defects injuries, all owners of the defective
Big Lots metal futon bunk beds must immediately refrain from using them
and contact Big Lots for an at-home repair kit at no charge. For additional
information, Nevada owners may contact Big Lots at 866-244-5687 or send
them an email at email@example.com.
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