On May 5th, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Dorel Asia SRL, announced a voluntary recall of several models of their wooden bunk beds, due to a collapse and fall hazard.
What do you need to know about this recall?
The wooden side rails that run from the headboard to the footboard and hold the bunk bed’s mattress in place can split and cause the bunk bed to collapse, posing a fall hazard to consumers. About 445,000 of these products were sold in the United States and 21,700 in Canada. To date, the CPSC and Dorel Asia have received 23 reports of the side rails cracking or breaking, including seven reports of minor bruises or abrasions.
The model number, date of manufacture, “Made in Vietnam” and the firm’s phone number are printed on a white label located on one of the bunk bed rails.
Some of the labels include the name “Dorel Asia SRL.” Only the following models, colours and manufacturing date ranges are included in this recall to repair:
These products were sold at Walmart, Kmart and Target stores and also online at all three of these companies from September 2004 through September 2009 for about $190.
What should you do if you own one of these products?
Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Consumers should immediately contact Dorel Asia to receive a free repair kit. Until consumers obtain and install the repair kit, consumers should take down the bunk beds and only use them as separate twin beds.
For additional information, contact Dorel Asia at (800) 295-1980 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website. Other general information can be found at the CPSC website.