2 CPSC Recalls: Bunk Beds and Timers

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced two recalls of <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">defective products:  The Land of Nod Cottage Bunk Beds due to fall hazard and Intermatic Digital Timers due to shock hazard.

According to the CPSC, about 750 Land of Nod Cottage Bunk Beds, manufactured in and imported from Brazil by the Land of Nod in Northbrook, Illinois, have been recalled.  The Cottage Bunk Beds might have missing screws from the upper bunk bed’s guardrails, which can cause the vertical slats on the guardrail to detach, posing the risk to children of falling when getting into or coming out of the upper bunk.  The Land of Nod has received two reports of vertical slats detaching from upper bunk guardrails.

The Land of Nod Cottage Bunk Beds can be configured as either bunk beds or as twin beds.  The assembled bunk bed dimensions are 81.5 inches in length, by 43.5 inches in width, by 74.5 inches in height.  The beds were sold in both white (model #s 236-519 and 188-174) and pine/honey finishes (model #s 459-410 and 172-596) and included a long and a short upper bunk guardrail, each of which should be secured to the inside of the upper bunk bed’s side rail with screws. Stickers bearing the model numbers are located on the inside of the lower bunk headboard.

The Cottage Bunk Beds were sold through the Land of Nod catalog and its Website www.landofnod.com, and at The Land of Nod stores in Illinois and Washington state from January 2006 through January 2009; the Cottage Bunk Beds retailed for about $1,100.  The CPSC is advising consumers to check the Cottage Bunk Beds to determine if all screws that attach the guardrails to the upper bunk have been installed. If the screws have not been installed, immediately stop using the beds as a bunk bed and contact The Land of Nod to receive new screws free of charge.  All known purchasers have been notified of the recall.  The Land of Nod can be reached toll-free at (800) 933-9904, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.

Also, about 200,000 Intermatic DT17 Heavy Duty Digital Timers have been recalled due to shock hazard.  The Intermatic DT17 Heavy Duty Digital Timers were manufactured in China by Computime Limited and imported by Intermatic, Inc. of Spring Grove, Illinois.

The recalled Intermatic DT17 Heavy Duty Digital Timers have a potentially faulty ground connection, posing a shock hazard to consumers.  The recalled Intermatic DT17 heavy-duty digital timers are lamp and appliance timers and were packaged as the “DT17C Heavy Duty Digital Timer” and the “DT17C8 Heavy Duty Digital Timer.”  The timer is white and measures 3 3/8 inches tall, by 2 5/8 inches wide, by 1 5/8 inches deep.  Only those Intermatic Heavy Duty Digital Timers bearing date codes of “40Z” through “52Z” or date codes ending in “A,” “B,” or “C” are included in the recall; the brand name “Intermatic” is molded on the front of the timer, and the model number (“DT17”) and date code are printed on the back of the timer.

The recalled Intermatic DT17 Heavy Duty Digital Timers were sold at retailers and electrical distributors nationwide from September 2005 through December 2008 for between $15 and $25.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately unplug the timer and contact Intermatic to obtain a free replacement, including shipping.  Intermatic can be reached toll-free at (800) 704-3585 anytime, or visit the firm’s Website at www.intermatic.com.

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