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Bunk beds recalled over hazard

September 25, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ About 16,500 wooden and mental bunk beds are being recalled by their manufacturers because openings on the top bunk can trap a child’s head, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

The agency reports that 35 children have died since 1990 after getting caught in such spaces.

The voluntary standard for bunk beds is less than 3.5 inches of space between the guardrail and bed frame and in the head and foot boards on the top bunk. The beds also must have guard rails on both sides of the top bunk.

The agency said consumers should stop using the recalled beds and should call the company or contact the retailer for a replacement guardrail, retrofit kit or instructions to help eliminate the potential entrapment hazard.

The manufacturers participating in this recall are:

_Heartland Furniture Manufacturing, formerly of Oklahoma City, now of out of business. Wooden bunk beds, models 200, 204, 220, 240, 241, 247, 260, 261, 264, 265, 270, 3015, 3046, 4098; distributed in Texas and Oklahoma from November 1995 to May 1997.

_Temple Pine Furniture of Temple, Ga. Wooden bunk beds, model 124; distributed in Georgia and Tennessee since 1994. (770) 562-5910.

_Rosalco Inc. of Jeffersonville, Ind. Metal bunk beds, 3-in-1 model and models 3246, 3276, 3286; distributed nationwide since 1993. (812) 284-0022.

_Springhill Woodcrafters, of Greensburg, Pa. Wooden bunk beds, models 92, 1013; distributed in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland since 1991. (412) 834-3037.

_Kidron Woodcraft of Apple Creek, Ohio. Wooden bunk beds, model 215; distributed in Ohio and Illinois since 1992. Contact retailer.

Consumers who are not sure of the bunk bed manufacturer or who have other questions can call the CPSC’s hot line at (800) 638-2772.

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