Bunk beds may collapse, watchdog says

Date December 11, 2007

Two models of have been recalled by the Victorian-based manufacturer following a warning by Australia's consumer watchdog that they are unsafe.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commissioner (ACCC) urged consumers to stop using the Asteroid and Comet bunk beds made by Hercules Iron Pty Ltd because of a risk that they could collapse causing serious injury.

Tests on the beds showed there was a risk of the top bunk collapsing even if only minimal pressure was applied to the side guard rail, the ACCC said in a statement.

"The impact of the top bunk falling on a person on the lower level may cause severe or life threatening injuries," ACCC Chairman Graeme Samuel said in a statement.

"A person on the top bunk at the same time of a collapse also risks serious injury," he said.

Hercules Iron has admitted the bunk beds do not meet certain requirements of the mandatory consumer product safety standard for bunk beds which is administered by the ACCC, the statement said.

The bunk beds are made with tubular metal, with a ladder at each end.

The Asteroid bunk bed has a single bed on the top and bottom, while the Comet bunk bed has a single bed on top and double bed on the bottom level.

The beds were sold to a number of retailers between September 2005 and October 2007 in all states and territories, excluding Western Australia.

The ACCC urges consumers who have purchased either model to stop using it immediately and contact the retailer who sold the beds or Hercules Iron on (03) 9357 8062 for further advice on repair, exchange of refund.

The product has been recalled

Source: The Sidney Morning Herald

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