Big Lots has recalled the metal futon bunk beds due to an entrapment hazard that claimed the life of a three-year old boy.
The entrapment hazard may occur when a child is behind the futon or in the area of the ladder when the futon and its metal frame are lowered from the seated to the flat position. In March 2010, a three-year old boy from Iowa become entrapped by the futon and its metal frame and was unable to escape or breathe, resulting in the child’s death.
A second entrapment hazard exists between the space of the ladder’s last rung and the futon mattress. The opening is large enough to allow a child’s body to pass through, but not the head creating another entrapment and asphyxiation hazard.
Approximately 30,000 bunk beds are included in the recall that were sold exclusively at Big Lots stores nationwide from January 2009 to April 2010 for about $200. The beds were sold unassembled and may be identified by the product model number BFB1008 label located on the top bunk’s support rail. The bunk beds are designed with a convertible futon bed beneath an upper bunk designed to hold a twin mattress.
Futon bunk bed owners are advised to immediately stop using the beds and contact Big Lots for a free repair kit that contains new ladders and parts and can be installed at home.
Contact Big Lots at 1-866-244-5687 Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm EST or via the web at www.biglots.com for more information.
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