WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Merit Furniture Distributors Inc. of New York Friday recalled 529 bunk beds, saying they could pose a strangulation hazard to children.
The U.S. Consumer Product safety Commission said the bunk beds have openings between the guardrails and in the end structures that are too large.
"A child's body could slide between the openings and could become trapped by the head, posing a serious strangulation hazard," the commission said.
The Merit Bunk Beds are made in Brazil.
The commission said Merit has not received any reports of incidents. The recall is being conducted as a precautionary measure.
The "twin over twin" bunk beds involved are model Nos. DLM550, DLM160 and 860. They were sold at furniture stores nationwide from May 2002 through last August for about $150.
Consumers are advised to call (800) 233-1778 or visit the company Web site, meritfurnituredistributors.com, for information on receiving a full refund.