On June 16, Big Lots announced the recall of its metal futon bunk beds. The recall stems from the death of a 3 year-old from Iowa, which was caused by the defective bunk beds. In total, approximately 30,000 Big Lots metal futon bunk beds are being recalled. As a Fort Lauderdale Products Liability Injury Attorney, and as a parent, it goes without saying just how horrific this incident is. It is always devastating when a defective product causes serious harm, but the damage is even more heatbreaking in a case like this where the product is believed to have caused the death of a little boy.
According to the CPSC Big Lots Bunk Beds Recall Release, the products pose an injury risk because “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.” Unfortunately, this is how the aforementioned little boy died. As a Fort Lauderdale Accident Lawyer, I can say that a recall such as this one is one of the most frightening, since it involves young children being exposed to a serious injury risk. Anytime children are at risk for injury, the issue immediately becomes much more worrisome.
The recalled units were sold at Big Lots from January 2009 until April 2010, which is why the total number of units being recalled is so large. As a Fort Lauderdale Injury Lawyer, I know that alerting 30,000 parents about this safety issue is going to be a difficult task. One can only hope that the word spreads quickly and that any other potential accidents related to this issue can be prevented by the recall.
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