Nearly 130,000 Murphy beds that had been on the market for about eight years are being recalled after one fell on a 79-year-old woman in 2018 and killed her, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Bestar and the CPSC jointly announced the recall of 129,000 Bestar wall beds “due to severe impact and crushing hazards,” according to a notice issued by the CPSC.
“Wall beds can detach from the wall and fall onto those nearby, posing serious impact and crushing hazards,” the notice states.
Officials say the woman was killed in July 2018 after one of the Bestar Murphy beds fell on her and injured her spine. The company also received 60 reported incidents “resulting in bruising and other injuries from wall beds coming loose and hitting consumers,” according to the recall.
The recall includes Nebula, PUR, Versatile, Edge, Cielo, Audrea, Lumina, Orion and Novello Full and Queen wall beds, according to the recall.
The beds had been available for purchase on Wayfair.com, Costco.com, Cymax.com and Amazon.com since June 2014.
The company is already contacting “all known buyers directly,” according to the reminder. In the meantime, consumers are urged to “immediately stop using the recalled wall beds.”
Consumers are “entitled to a free inspection” to see if their Murphy bed needs to be reinstalled, according to the recall.
If this is the case, the consumers concerned are advised to call on a professional installer. Bester said it will reimburse customers for the cost, which is estimated at $170 to $207 for some models and $338 to $414 for others.
“Consumers who are nevertheless unable to find someone within this range will be reimbursed for reasonable expenses outside this range, provided they can provide documentation,” the notice continues.