Last month, Ace Bayou Corp. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of approximately 2.2 million bean bag chairs due to suffocation hazards.
The bean bag chairs are filled with foam beads and have two zippers that can be unzipped and opened. Children can crawl inside the bean bag chair after opening it, get trapped and suffocate or choke on the foam beads inside.
Two children have died as a result. A 13 year old boy from Texas and a 3 year old girl from Kentucky died after crawling in the chairs. They suffocated and inhaled the foam beads. Both children were found inside the chairs.
The recalled bean bag chairs were sold in various colors such as purple, violet, blue, red and pink. They were also sold in various shapes such as round shaped chairs or L-shaped chairs. “ACE BAYOU CORP” is printed on a tag sewn into the bean bag chair’s cover seam. For a full list and description of recalled bean bag chairs, visit www.cpsc.gov.
The bean bag chairs were sold nationwide at various retailers at Bergner's, Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair, Walmart and Younkers stores. They were also sold online at Amazon.com, Meijer.com, Walmart.com before July 2013 for between $30 and $100.
Even if parents do not have these specific bean bags, they should check if their bean bag chairs have zippers.
In tragic accidents like these involving bean bag chairs, the manufacturers may be liable. Especially in these cases, the children's deaths could have been prevented. Although not mandatory, there are voluntary standards in place that require non-refillable bean bag chairs to have closed and permanently disabled zippers. If the manufacturer put these disabled zippers on the bean bag chairs, the children may still be alive today.
Bean bag chairs are popular with many children. They are easy for children to climb on, and they are fun for children to sit on due to their moldable shape. Many bean bag chairs are made especially for children. Because of this, parents may assume that the bean bag chairs are safe. Unfortunately, this is not true.
If your child was injured by a product, such as a toy or furniture made for children, they have legal rights. Call the dangerous products and child injury lawyers at White and Williams for a FREE consultation. 877.944.8396