FUTON BUNK BEDS About 30,000 Big Lots metal futon bunk beds sold exclusively by Big Lots stores from January 2009 through April 2010 for about $200. Children behind the futon or in the ladder area of the bunk bed can get entrapped when the futon and its metal frame are lowered from the seated to the flat position. A 3-year old Burlington, Iowa, boy died when he became entrapped at the head and neck in the recalled bunk bed in March of 2010. The weight of the futon’s metal frame prevented the child from breathing and escaping. CPR was administered, but the child died at the hospital due to compression asphyxiation.
The bunk beds have an additional hazard. The space between the last rung on the bunk 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 a head and neck entrapment hazard.
IF YOU OWN ONE Stop using it and call 866-244-5687, send an e-mail to [email protected] or go to www.biglots.com for information about a free repair kit that contains new ladders and other parts that consumers can install at home.
TRIMMERS About 14,500 MTD TrimmerPlus edger attachments sold at Lowe's and other hardware and home improvement stores and online between March 2011 and April 2011 for about $70. The steel shaft that drives the edger blade can break during use causing the edger blade to detach. If the blade detaches, it can hit the user or bystanders, posing a laceration hazard.
IF YOU OWN ONE Stop using it and call 888-848-6038 for information about a free replacement.
GIRLS’ DRESSES About 21,000 Emma's Garden Polka-Dot girls' dresses sold at T.J. Maxx (pink and white design) and Marshalls (black and white design) from February 2011 through May 2011 for about $13. The decorative buttons on the front of the dress can detach, posing a choking hazard.
IF YOU OWN ONE Return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, call 800-926-6299 or go to www.tjmaxx.com or www.marshallsonline.com.
For the latest information on all recalls, go to Recalls.gov. There you'll find recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, among others.