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Recall of the Week: Ace Bayou bean bag chairs due to suffocation and choking hazards

BeanBagThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Ace Bayou Corp. are reannouncing a recall of about 2.2 million bean bag chairs sold from 1995 to 2013.

Only 790 consumers, who purchased the bean bag chairs, have responded to the recall. The CPSC and Ace Bayou are urging consumers to install the free repair kit to disable the bean bag chairs’ zippers so that they can’t be opened. 

The CPSC is concerned that these recalled bean bag chairs are continuing to be used by children. The foam beads inside the chairs are suffocation and choking hazards for children.

Two children died after suffocating on the chair’s foam beads. An additional incident has been reported to the 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 recalled bean bag chairs have two zippers, including an outer zipper that doesn’t have a pull tab and another zipper directly underneath that zipper.  Although the outer zipper on the bean bag chair doesn’t have a pull tab, children can open it. Once they have opened the outer zipper, they can open the inner zipper, which contains the foam beads, and crawl inside. Children can suffocate or choke on the foam beads.

The voluntary standard requires non-refillable bean bag chairs to have closed and permanently disabled zippers. Ace met the voluntary standard’s requirement for a warning label.

The two deaths involved a 13-year old boy from McKinney, Texas, and a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Ky., who suffocated from lack of air and inhaling the chair’s foam beads. Both children were found inside the chairs. 

The recalled chairs were sold in a various 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 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 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 at,, and other websites from 1995 to 2013 for between $30 and $100.

To prevent another death, consumers should check the outside zipper on their bean bag chair to ensure that it has a metal staple to disable the outer zipper. If it doesn’t, take the recalled bean bag chair away from children immediately and contact Ace Bayou for the free repair kit to disable the zipper. 

For more information, see the Ace Bayou bean bag chair b-roll.

Copyright 2015, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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