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Lessons From Bunk Bed Recalls

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: finding a child seriously injured due to a dangerously defective item in the home. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission does a good job alerting consumers about potentially harmful products and it is quick to pull risky items from shelves. But after a close examination of recent CPSC safety recalls, MoreBunkBeds has identified three major issues shoppers should consider to avoid having to deal with the Commission at all.

Fall hazards

When children sleep on raised surfaces precautions must always be taken against the risk of falling, which has long been the most common reason for a bunk bed recall. In an example from July 2011, CPSC released an updated alert about 2,800 Northern Bedroom bunk beds that did not have guiderails on both sides, risking children falling or become entrapped between the wall and the mattress.

There were no deaths associated with this particular product, but the CPSC has received reports of seven children who died from becoming entrapped between the bed and the wall in upper bunks of bunk beds without guardrails.

In another case from September 2011, 180 wooden twin and loft bunk beds manufactured by American Woodcrafters were recalled when it was discovered that the guard rails on upper bunks could crack and cause the mattress and its support rails to collapse, posing a dangerous fall hazard.


As bunk beds become more complex in design, new safety issues emerge. In one case from June 2011, Big Lots were forced to recall 30,000 metal futon bunk beds after a three-year-old boy from Iowa was trapped and killed as the bottom bunk was folded from the seated to the flat position. The weight of the futon’s metal frame prevented the child from breathing and escaping.


In another blow to Big Lots, the same metal futon bunk was found to pose a strangulation risk. According to the CPSC, the space between the last rung on the bunk bed’s ladder and the futon mattress was too small, and could allow a child’s body to pass through but not the head, posing a head and neck entrapment hazard.

Major brands aren’t immune, either. Pottery Barn Kids recalled more than 400 wooden bunks in August 2010 due to the risk of children having their necks caught in an opening between a bed post and some decorative molding.

Are you concerned about a product?

You can rest assured that safety is the number one concern at MoreBunkBeds. We encourage all customers to immediately report any safety concern to the CPSC via its website or hotline: (800) 638-2772. Our sponsor, Cymax also regularly posts relevant safety recall information on our blog.

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