The zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened and children can then crawl inside, get trapped, and suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair’s foam beads. The voluntary standard requires non-refillable bean bag chairs to have closed and permanently disabled zippers.
A 13-year old boy from McKinney, Texas, died and a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Ky., died after suffocating from lack of air and inhaling the chair’s foam beads. Both children were found inside the chairs.
The recalled bean bag chairs have two zippers that can be unzipped and opened, including one on the exterior cover and other directly underneath that zipper.
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 recalled bean bag chairs were sold at Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair, and Walmart stores and online at Amazon.com, Meijer.com, and Walmart.com before July 2013. The price was between $30 and $100.
Consumers should check their bean bag chairs for any zippers that can open, take those that can open away from children immediately, and contact Ace Bayou for a free repair kit to permanently disable the zippers so that they can’t be opened.
For more information, call Ace Bayou at 855-751-8151 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit www.acebayou.com and click on “Recall Information.”
For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.