Following the tragic deaths of two children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Ace Bayou Corp. are now recalling more than two million bean bag chairs in the United States.
According to the recall notice, the bean bag chairs’ zippers could be opened by children who could then climb into bean bag and potentially become trapped, then suffocated or choked on the foam beads within the bean bag. If the bean bags are non-refillable, the standard requires the chair to be closed and zippers permanently disabled.
The recalled bean bag chairs feature two zippers that can be unzipped and opened. Sold in a variety of sizes, colors, fabrics and shapes, the chairs came either round or L-shaped, vinyl or fabric, and are filled with polystyrene foam beads. The recalled bean bags came in yellow, pink, red, blue, violet purple, Kelly green, port, black, lime, navy, royal blue, turquoise, tangerine, and multi-color.
Each bean bag was sold in one of three sizes – 30, 32 and 40 inches in diameter. The L-shaped bean bag chair measured 18 inches wide by 30 inches deep by 30 inches high. The tag sewn into the bean bag’s cover seam should say “ACE BAYOU CORP.” They were made in China.
The recall began after two young children, one 13-year old from Texas and the other a 3-year old from Kentucky, died from suffocation inside the recalled bean bags. No other incidents or deaths have been reported at this time.
Sometime before July 2013, the recalled bean bag chairs began being sold at stores such as Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair and Walmart, as well as online at Amazon.com, Meijer.com and Walmart.com, for between $30 and $100.
In order to prevent any further tragedies from occurring, consumers are asked to check their bean bag chairs for any zippers that can open. Upon finding one, take the bean bag away from children and contact Ace Bayou for a free repair kit that will allow you to permanently disable the zippers so that they can no longer be opened.
For more information on this recall, contact 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.