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From Products Liability Law Daily, May 21, 2013

Lea Industries Recalls Almost 60,000 Children’s Beds Due to Fall Hazard

By Joseph Bichl

Lea Industries, High Point, North Carolina, recalled approximately 59,200 loft and bunk beds in the United States and 4,200 in Canada (CPSC Recall Notice, 13-195, May 21, 2013). The bed’s side mattress support rails can break, posing a fall hazard.

Incidents and injuries. According to Lea Industries, there have been 22 reports of incidents involving the recalled beds in the United States since 2009 and one in Canada. Two injuries were reported. In a 2009 incident in Madison, Wisconsin, an 11-year-old girl was placing a fitted sheet on the top bunk when the child, mattress, and bed supports collapsed on her 6-year-old sister in the bed below. The 6-year-old was treated at a hospital emergency department for a head injury involving a cut to her face.

Product description. The recall involves the side rails on 34 different Lea children’s bed collections, including loft, bunk, and panel styles in twin, full, and queen sizes. The wooden beds were sold in various wood finishes and paint colors, including black or white. The beds have two side mattress support rails connecting the headboard to the footboard and slats or a Bunkie board to support the mattress. Item numbers and purchase order numbers included in this recall are listed at http://www.cpsc.gov, under Recalls. The date code, rail item number and purchase order number are located on a white label on the inside of one of the side rails. Date codes between August 2008 and March 2013, shown as 8-2008 through 3-2013, are included in this recall. Platform beds manufactured since 2010 are not included in this recall. Manufactured in China and Vietnam, the beds were sold at Direct Buy stores and furniture stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com and various other websites from August 2008 through March 2013 for between $400 and $3,000.

Remedy. Consumers should stop using the beds immediately and contact Lea Industries to receive free replacement side rails for the beds.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can contact Lea Industries toll-free at (888) 770-7116, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday, or online at http://www.leaindustries.com and click on Recall.

Companies: Lea Industries

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