Bean Bag Chair Recall
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and New Orleans-based Ace Bayou Corp. have announced the voluntary recall of roughly 2.2 million bean bag chairs in the wake of the deaths of two children.
The bags’ zippers can be opened, allowing children to crawl inside, become trapped and suffocate or choke on the foam beads inside.
A 13-year old boy and a 3-year-old girl suffocated from lack of air and inhaling the chair’s foam beads; both were found inside the chairs.
The chairs have two zippers that can be unzipped and opened, including one of the exterior cover and other directly underneath that zipper. The chairs were available in various sizes, shapes, colors and fabrics, including round, L-shaped, vinyl or fabric, and contain polystyrene foam beads. The chairs were available in a variety of colors, including purple, violet, blue, red, pink, yellow, Kelly green, black, port, navy, lime, royal blue, turquoise, tangerine and multi-color.
“ACE BAYOU CORP” is printed on a tag sewn into the bean bag chair’s cover seam. The chairs were made in China.
The chairs were available at Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair and Walmart stores and online at Amazon.com, Meijer.com and Walmart.com before July 2013 for between $30 and $100.
Consumers should check their bean bag chairs for any zippers that can open, take the bags away from children immediately and contact Ace Bayou for a free repair kit that permanently disables the zippers so that they cannot be reopened.
Consumers can call Ace Bayou toll-free at (855) 751-8151 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.acebayou.com and click on “Recall Information” for more information