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FOR RELEASE: May 17, 2001
CONTACT: Dick Gunn
405/271-5601

New Federal Bunk Bed Standards Designed to Protect Children

State health officials want Oklahoma consumers to know that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) now has mandatory safety standards for children's bunk beds. These standards are designed to prevent the risk of injuries or death from children becoming entrapped in the bed structure or wedged between the bed and wall.

Consumers should note that any bunk bed manufactured for sale in the U.S. or imported into the U.S. on or after June 19, 2000, must meet the requirements of these standards.

The CPSC can now seek a civil penalty not to exceed $7,000 for each single violation of the standard, and up to a maximum of $1,650,000 for repeat or multiple violations.

From January 1990 through August 9, 1999, the CPSC received reports of 91 bunk bed related deaths of children under the age of 15, or about 10 deaths per year. In 1998 alone, 34,300 children under the age of 15 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for bunk bed related injuries.

Consumers can direct their questions regarding the new bunk bed requirements to Pam Majors, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, phone 301/504-0608, ext. 1373, or email Majors at pmajor@cpsc.gov, or call the CPSC Hotline at 1-800-638-2772.

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