A defective product by Gothic Cabinet Craft Inc. is being recalled. The product recall includes about 1,500 of the company’s twin, twin extra-large and twin over full bunk beds in cooperation with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) because of a fall, entrapment and strangulation hazard. According to a CPSC alert, these defective bunk beds do not have sufficient headboards, footboards or guardrails and have gaps between parts of the upper bunk that could allow a child’s body to pass through, but not a child’s head. These bunk beds essentially pose a fall, entrapment and strangulation hazard to children and violate the spacing requirements of the federal bunk bed safety standard.

So far no personal injuries or fatalities have been reported as a result of these recalled bunk beds. Both the metal and wooden variety are being recalled. The bunk bed styles include dark oak, metal and solid pine. Others come with six drawers as part of the base. The recalled beds, manufactured in the United States, were sold in retail stores from June 2000 through October 2008 for between $225 and $850.

Consumers, who own these defective products, are asked to immediately stop using them and contact Gothic Cabinet Craft Inc. to schedule an appointment and free repair. If you own one of these recalled bunk beds and have more questions, please call 1-877-946-8442.

This is one of many recalls over the last two years that have involved furniture for young children. Defective cribs, defective bassinets and toddler beds, which posed entrapment and strangulation hazards, have been the subject of many recalls. Some of these product liability cases even involved tragic fatalities where infants and toddlers were suffocated in the gaps created between the crib mattresses. These defective products have also been the subject of many product liability lawsuits nationwide as they should be. Not only should the manufacturers of these defective products be penalized for their lack of quality control, but federal safety standards for these products that affect our precious children, must be improved and heightened so these tragedies never happen again.