Around 30,000 metal futon bunk beds are being recalled after the Consumer Product Safety Commission said a three-year-old boy died from compression asphyxiation when he became entrapped at the head and neck in March 2010. Big Lots is voluntarily recalling the futon bunk beds, which were sold exclusively in their stores between January 2009 and April 2010 for about $200.
The report by the Safety Commission says that children behind the futon or in the ladder area of the bunk bed can become trapped when the futon and its metal frame are lowered from the seated to the flat position. An additional hazard on the bed is that the space between the last rung on the bed’s ladder is large enough for the child’s body to pass through, but not the child’s head.
Consumers are told to immediately stop using the bunk beds and contact Big Lots for a free repair kit.