Chapter 4.8. Bunk Beds of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 20. >> Chapter 4.8.
This chapter shall be known as and may be cited as the Bunk
Bed Safety Act of 1999.
The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(a) No state or federal law exists mandating the safety of bunk
beds intended for use by children.
(b) Since November 1994, the federal Consumer Product Safety
Commission has recalled more than 500,000 bunk beds that posed
serious health hazards to children, including thousands manufactured
(c) At least 54 children have died from head entrapment in bunk
beds since 1990.
(a) As used in this chapter, "sale" or "sell" means
remanufacturing, retrofitting, selling, contracting to sell or
resell, leasing, subletting, or otherwise placing in the stream of
(b) As used in this chapter, "commercial user" means any person
who deals in or engages in the business of selling bunk beds or who
otherwise by one's occupation holds oneself out as having knowledge
or skill peculiar to bunk beds, or any person who sells bunk beds.
(a) No commercial user shall sell, on or after June 19,
2000, a bunk bed that is unsafe for any child using the bunk bed.
(b) A bunk bed is presumed to be unsafe for the purposes of this
section if it does not conform to federal laws, rules, or regulations
relative to safety standards for bunk beds.
Any commercial user who willfully and knowingly violates
Section 24533 is guilty of an infraction and shall be punished by a
fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000).
Any person may maintain an action against any commercial
user who violates Section 24533 to enjoin the sale of a bunk bed that
is unsafe for any child using the bunk bed, and for reasonable
attorney's fees and costs. This section shall not apply to hotels,
motels, or similar transient lodging until July 1, 2003.
Remedies available under this article shall be in addition
to any other remedies or procedures under any other provision of law
that may be available to an aggrieved party.
This chapter does not apply to any bunk bed that was
manufactured prior to June 19, 2000, if the sale of the bunk bed is
accompanied by a disclosure statement attached in a conspicuous place
on the bunk bed that states the following: "This bunk bed does not
conform to the Bunk Bed Safety Act of 1999. Exercise caution before
you select this product."
Nothing in this chapter shall supersede any provision of
federal law or any regulation adopted pursuant to federal law.