The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reissuing a recall announcement for a bean bag chair that poses a suffocation hazard.
The recall, initially announced in August 2014, is for bean bag chairs from Ace Bayou Corp. The zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened by children who can then crawl inside, get trapped and suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair's foam beads.
Two children have died after suffocating on the chair's foam beads. An additional incident has been reported to CPSC involving a 6-year-old boy who opened bean bag and reportedly swallowed some foam beads and had others in his nose and mouth.
The firm recalled about 2.2 million chairs, but only 790 consumers resonded to the intital recall. CPSC and Ace Bayou are urging consumers to install the free repair kit to permanently disable the bean bag chairs' zippers so that they cannot be opened.
The recalled bean bag chairs have two zippers, including an outer zipper that does not have a pull tab and another zipper directly underneath. Although the outer zipper on the bean bag chair does not have a pull tab, children can open it. Once they have opened the outer zipper, they can open the inner zipper and crawl inside to the area that houses the foam beads.
The recalled chairs were sold in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and fabrics. They include round or L-shaped, vinyl or fabric, and are filled with polystyrene foam beads. They were sold 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.
The recalled bean bag chairs were sold at Bergner's, Big Lots, Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair, Walmart and Younkers stores and online before July 2013 for between $30 and $100.
For more information on how to receive the free repair kit, consumers can contact Ace Bayou at (855) 571-8151.