Families are constantly on the lookout to keep their children safe from dangers. Hazards, however, can be found inside homes, and it can be especially concerning when children’s products can put them at risk for injury or death. Earlier this week, Powell Company recalled approximately 6,300 Anywhere Lounger Bean Bag Chairs due to a suffocation and strangulation hazard. The chairs may not have a permanent zipper closure, and as such, young children may be able to unzip the chairs and ingest or inhale the small beads inside.
This week, the CPSC issued another recall of children’s furniture that may pose a fall hazard. Lea Industries is recalling approximately 59,200 of their Lea Panel, Loft and Bunk Beds in the United States and an additional 4,200 units in Canada. Recalled beds were sold at Direct Buy stores and furniture stores nationwide from August 2008 through March 2013 for between $400 and $3,000. Consumers could also purchase the product online from websites such as Amazon.com.
According to the CPSC, “[t]he bed’s side mattress support rails can break, posing a fall hazard.” The beds, which were manufactured in China and Vietnam, have been associated with 22 incident reports and two injuries in the United States since 2009. One of the incidents occurred as an eleven-year-old girl was putting a sheet on the top bunk and the bed suddenly collapsed onto her six-year-old sister in the bottom bunk, causing a head injury and face lacerations.
Owners should immediately stop use of the beds and identify whether or not the recall affects their product. Thirty-four Lea children’s bed collections in various sizes may include the faulty side rails. Consumers can identify the recalled beds by checking the item number, purchase order number, and date code, which can be found on a white label on the inside of a side rail. The affected item numbers, purchase order numbers, and dates are listed on the CPSC’s official recall notice.
Lea Industries will send free replacement side rails for the beds. Consumers can contact the company at (888) 770-7116 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at www.leaindustries.com. To learn more information about the recall, consumers can also click the “Important Safety Recall Information” section on the home page of the company’s website.