(WSPA) – The Ace Bayou company has announced the recall of about 2.2 million bean bag chairs sold from 1995 to 2013 due to choking hazards caused by the zipper being used to open the chair.
According to the release the chairs being recalled have two zippers, one on the outside and one on the inside. The outside zipper does not have a pull tab, but children are able to open the zipper, exposing the inner zipper which has a tab children can pull. This allows children to be able to crawl inside and potentially suffocate.
Two deaths have resulted from these products, including a 13-year-old in McKinney, TX and a 3-year-old in Lexington, KY. Both were found dead inside of the chairs after inhaling the chair’s foam beads and suffocating from the lack of air.
The recalled chairs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and fabrics. There are round or L-shaped bags made of vinyl or fabric, filled with polystyrene foam beads. Colors of the recalled bags include purple, violet, blue, red, pink, yellow, green, black, port, navy, lime, royal blue, turquoise, tangerine, and multi-colored. “ACE BAYOU CORP” is printed on a tag sewn into the bag chair’s cover seam.
This statement comes directly from the manufacturers regarding what to do if your bean bag is recalled:
“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 does not have a metal staple, take the recalled bean bag chair away from children immediately and contact Ace Bayou for the free repair kit to permanently disable the zipper.”