MONTREAL - Pine wood bunk beds made in Viet Nam by Dorel Asia are being recalled  in North America after 23 reports of cracking side boards.

Sold at Walmart, Kmart and Target stores, the natural finish beds' wooden side rails that run from headboard to footboard and hold the mattress in place can split. This can cause the bunk bed to collapse, posing a fall hazard to consumers, says Health Canada, which is handling the recall jointly with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and Dorel Asia.

Beds were made from Sept. 2004 through Sept. 2009 and sold for about $190. Dorel Asia provides a free repair kit, but until consumers obtain it, Dorel is advising them to take down the bunk beds and only use them as separate twin beds. In the United States, the US CPSC and Dorel Asia have received 23 reports of the side rails cracking or breaking, including seven reports of minor bruises or abrasions.

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