If you bought a metal futon bunk bed at Big Lots between January 2009 and April 2010, listen up.
A 3-year-old Burlington, Iowa, boy was behind the futon when the futon was lowered from the seated position to the flat position. The boy was trapped at the head and neck. The weight of the futon’s metal frame prevented him from breathing and escaping. Sadly, he died.
In addition to the hazard that this boy experienced – called an entrapment hazard – the space between the bottom rung of the bunk bed’s ladder and the futon mattress is too small. This means that a child’s body can pass through the opening but his head cannot. A child can get trapped in this opening.
If you own this bunk bed, stop using it immediately and call Big Lots at (866) 244-5687 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, e-mail the firm at email@example.com or visit the firm’s website www.biglots.com. The company is providing a free repair kit that contains new ladders and other parts that you can install at home.