Bean Bag Chairs Recalled After Two Deaths from Suffocation

Bean Bag Chairs Recalled After Two Deaths from Suffocation
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August 22, 2014

About 2.2 million bean bag chairs were recalled following the deaths of two children.

A 13-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas and a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Ky. died after inhaling the chair's foam beads and suffocating. Both children were found inside the chairs.

The maker, Ace Bayou Corp, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are urging parents to check their bean bag chairs for any zippers that can open. Parents can contact the company for a free repair kit that will permanently disable the zippers so that they cannot be opened.

The recalled bean bag chairs have two zippers that can be unzipped and opened, including one of the exterior cover and other directly underneath that zipper. The recalled chairs with zippers that open were sold in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and fabrics. They are round or L-shaped, made in 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 round bean bag chairs were sold in three sizes, 30, 32 and 40 inches in diameter. The L-shaped bean bag chair measures 18 inches wide by 30 inches deep by 30 inches high. 'ACE BAYOU CORP' is printed on a tag sewn into the bean bag chair's cover seam. They were made in China.

The chairs were sold at Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair and Walmart stores and online before July 2013 for between $30 and $100.

Ace Bayou can be contacted toll-free at (855) 751-8151.