Bunk beds sold by Walmart, Kmart and Target have been recalled because wooden side rails that run from the headboard to the footboard and hold the bunk bed's mattress in place can split and cause the bed to collapse.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a written statement Thursday about the voluntary recall of beds manufactured by Dorel Asia SRL of Barbados.
It said about 445,000 in the United States and 21,700 in Canada have been recalled.
There have been 23 reports about the side rails cracking or breaking, including seven reports of minor bruises or abrasions, the statement said.
The beds sold at the stores and online for about $190 between September 2004 and September 2009.
Those who bought the beds can contact Dorel Asia to receive a free repair kit. Call 800-295-1980 or visit the firm's website, www.dorelasia.com.
The commission said it is still interested reports about the bunk beds. They can be made at www.saferproducts.gov.