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Big Lots recalls metal futon bunk beds after child's death

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Big Lots is recalling 30,000 metal futon bunk beds after a child died when they became entrapped in its metal framing.

Big Lots' futon bunk beds are being recalled due to child entrapment risks. (Photo: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision says children can become entrapped when the futon and its metal frame are lowered from the seated to the flat position.

In March 2010, a three-year old Burlington, Iowa boy died when he became entrapped at the head and neck in the recalled bunk bed. The weight of the futon prevented him from breathing. He later died at the hospital.

The statement also mentioned that the space between the last rung on the bed’s ladder and the futon mattress is too small, which can allow a child's body to pass through, but not the head, posing another hazard. 

The recall involves metal futon bunk beds with model number BFB1008 located on a label on the upper bunk support rail.

The recalled metal futon bunk beds were sold exclusively by Big Lots stores, between January 2009 and April 2010 for about $200.

Free repairs kits with new ladders and other parts are available. For more information, call (866) 244-5687 or email talk2us@biglots.com.

 

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