Big Lots Recalls Futon Bunk Beds After Child's Death

Futon bed recalledDiscount retailer Big Lots recalled 30,000 metal futon bunk beds after a child suffocated and died after getting trapped in the frame, Patti Davis, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, said Thursday.

Davis said children who are behind the futon or in the area of the bed where the ladder is can get stuck when the futon is lowered to the flat position for use as a bed. On March 14, 2010, a Burlington, Iowa, boy died after his head got stuck in the futon's metal frame. The agency reported that the boy died at the hospital of compression asphyxiation.

An additional safety hazard with the beds is that the space between the last ladder rung and the futon mattress is too small and a child's head could get stuck in that space, the CPSC said in a statement.Included in the recall are metal futon bunk beds with the model number BFBA1008 on a label on the upper bunk support rail. The upper bunk of the beds is designed to hold a twin mattress, and the bottom bunk has a convertible futon bed. The units were sold unassembled and were made in China.

The recalled bunk beds were sold only at Big Lots stores nationwide from January 2009 through April 2010 for about $200. Consumers are urged to stop using the futon bunk beds and contact the company for a repair kit that includes a new ladder and parts consumers can install themselves.

Davis said the delay between the moratorium on the sales of the bunk beds and the recall was due to the investigative process and the time it took to find a fix to make the produce safe for use. Big Lots worked with the agency on the voluntary recall.

"We have to make sure the fix works," Davis told WalletPop. "We would really encourage consumers to respond...they need to get that repair kit from Big Lots and put it in place."

Consumers can call Big Lots at (866) 244-5687 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST or e-mail the company.
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