Two Deaths Linked to Ace Bayou Bean Bag ChairsAugust 22, 2014 — Ace Bayou Corp, of New Orleans, Louisiana, has announced a voluntary
recall for about 2.2 million bean bag chairs after receiving two reports of children who suffocated to death after crawling inside.

The problem is that the recalled bean bag chairs were manufactured with two zippers that can be unzipped and opened, including one zipper on the exterior cover and the other directly underneath.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that non-refillable bean bag chairs to have closed and permanently disabled zippers. This reduces the risk that children will crawl inside, get trapped and suffocate or choke on the foam beads inside the chair.

The deaths included a 13 year-old boy from McKinney, Texas and a 3 year-old girl from Lexington, Kentucky. Both children were found inside the chairs and died after suffocating from lack of air and inhaling the foam beads.

Ace Bayou recommends:

“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 cannot be opened.”

The bean bag chairs were sold before July 2013 for between $30 and $100 at major retailers, including Walmart, Wayfair, Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, and online retailers Amazon.com, Meijer.com, and Walmart.com.

The bean bag chairs were sold in many colors, shapes, and sizes. These include round or L-shaped chairs with vinyl or fabric exterior covers. All were filled with polystyrene foam beads.

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