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Big Lots Recalls Metal Futon Bunk Beds Responsible for Child’s Death

By Alpert Schreyer on June 21, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of metal futon bunk beds on June 16. The bunk beds were sold exclusively by Big Lots stores across the U.S. from January 2009 through April 2010. The recalled beds will have model number BFB1008 on a label on the support rail on the upper bunk.

The futon bunk beds are being recalled because of an entrapment hazard. The space between the last rung on the bunk bed ladder and the futon mattress is large enough for a child’s body to pass through, but not the head, making it possible for a child to get stuck. Children in the ladder area of the bunk bed or behind the futon can also become trapped when the futon is lowered from the seated to flat position. In March 2010, a 3 year old boy got his head and neck trapped by the futon. Because of the weight of the futon and metal frame, he was unable to get free and tragically died of compression asphyxiation.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled bunk bed should contact Big Lots for a free repair kit that can be installed at home. For more information contact Big Lots at (866) 244-5687 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday or visit their website at www.biglots.com.

The CPSC recently announced the grand opening of its new scientific testing facility. The state-of-the-art facility will allow the CPSC to test more products for safety and produce results more quickly.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective or dangerous product in Maryland, call the Maryland wrongful death at Alpert Schreyer, LLC. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can evaluate your case and help you get compensation you may be entitled to from negligent manufacturers. Call us today at 301-932-9997 or toll free at (800) 301-7172.

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