Bunk bed manufacturers to provide free mattress support kits
In a unique approach to consumer safety, a number of bunk bed manufacturers are providing consumers with a free modification kit for certain bunk beds. On bunk beds sold without cross wires or similar mattress supports on both upper and lower bunks, the mattress and foundation may collapse, possibly causing injury or death to a bed occupant or to a child playing under a bed.
Consumer Product Safety Commission Acting Chairman Anne Graham said, “This retrofit program represents an innovative solution because the kit fits a number of brands of bunk beds. We are pleased that the companies are working cooperatively with us.”
The Commission is aware of four deaths to children since 1980 which occurred when the mattress and foundation of the bunk beds became dislodged and fell on them. In three of these incidents, the children were playing on the floor under the bed. The bunk beds in these incidents were not manufactured by any of the participating firms.
Consumers should examine their bunk beds. If mattresses or foundations on either bunk bed rely on side rail ledges as the only means of support, consumers should write to BUNK BED KIT, P.O. BOX 2436, HIGH POINT, NC, 27261 and ask for a free cross- wire support kit. The mattress support kit will be shipped free of charge.
Jennifer Holden contributes and publishes news editorial to http://mattressreviews.co. Choose from a large variety of mattress types and get a good night’s sleep!