121,000 Beds Sold at Walmart and Home Depot Recalled, Officials Warn
THEY POSE FALL AND IMPACT HAZARDS, ACCORDING TO THE CPSC.
Few things feel better than getting into your bed after a long day or sleeping in on a lazy Saturday morning. And while you're snoozing peacefully and catching some z's, the last thing you want to worry about is your personal safety. Now, however, that's the case for some consumers, as approximately 121,000 beds sold at Walmart and Home Depot have been recalled. Read on to find out why these beds are being pulled, and what you should do if you have one at home.
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Bunk beds in different colors and finishes are being recalled.
Who didn't want bunk beds in their room growing up? They're a welcome addition to any kid's room, or even a guest room if you need to optimize space and create more spots to sleep. However, if you recently purchased bunk beds, you'll want to double-check the make and model.
Walker Edison Furniture is recalling roughly 121,000 twin-over-twin bunk beds, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced on May 4. The bunk beds were sold online at Walmart, Amazon, Overstock, and Wayfair from Feb. 2010 to Feb. 2022, retailing for anywhere between $206 and $389.
Fourteen different models are part of the recall, which came in different finishes and colors, including black, cherry, espresso, gray, honey, natural, and white. A full list of affected models—which include several with trundles—are included in the CPSC notice.
All bunk beds have a ladder down the side and "Walker Edison Furniture, Made in Brazil" printed on the label inside either the bed rail or the footboard.
The bed slats can break when in use.
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Per the recall notice, there's an issue with the wooden slats that support the bunk beds. The slats can break while in use, the CPSC said, creating both fall and impact hazards. To date, the company received 14 reports of breaking slats, including one that resulted in "minor injuries."
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Consumers can request a repair kit online.
If you have one of these beds, the CPSC asks that you stop using it immediately. If you purchased the bed before March 2022, you can contact Walker Edison for a free repair kit, which includes 12 wooden slats and instructions.
"The upgrade/repair kit enhances the safety and security of the original 7 wooden slat design and provides enhanced stability," the company's recall page states.
You can submit a request for the kit online, and you can also reach out to the company via email at [email protected]. For specific questions, you can call Walker Furniture at 877-203-2917 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mountain Time (MT) Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. MT on Friday.
Other household items were recently recalled.
The beds aren't the only household staple subject to recall. Just last week, Vornado recalled about 317,000 Steamfast and Brookstone travel steam irons due to fire, burn, and shock hazards. As of April 27, the company has received 50 incident reports, including 38 where the iron power cord was smoking, sparking, or burning. Consumers were instructed to stop using the irons and register to receive a refund.
On April 20, nearly 2.2 million DeWalt, Stanley, and Craftsman fiberglass sledgehammers were also pulled from shelves at Home Depot and Ace Hardware, the CPSC announced. The hammers posed a serious impact injury hazard, as the heads could "loosen and prematurely detach during use." In total, Stanley Black & Decker received 192 reports of heads detaching, two of which resulted in injuries to the face and head. Similar to the situation with the steamers, consumers were instructed to stop using the sledgehammers and contact Stanley Black & Decker for a full refund.