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From Products Liability Law Daily, August 22, 2014

Company recalls 2.2 million bean bag chairs after two children suffocate inside them

By Joe Bichl

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of some 2.2 million bean bag chairs following the deaths of two children. A 13-year old boy from Texas and a 3-year-old girl from Kentucky died after suffocating from lack of air and inhaling the chair’s foam beads. Both children were found inside the chairs (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 14-261, August 22, 2014).

According to Ace Bayou, the manufacturer of the bean bag chairs, the zippers on the chairs can be opened and children can then crawl inside, get trapped, and suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair’s foam beads. Voluntary standards require non-refillable bean bag chairs to have closed and permanently disabled zippers.

Product description. The recalled bean bag chairs have two zippers that can be unzipped and opened, including one of the exterior cover and other directly underneath that zipper. The recalled chairs with zippers that open were sold in a variety of 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.

The chairs, which were manufactured in China, were sold at Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair, and Walmart stores and online at and before July 2013 for between $30 and $100.

Remedy. 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.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can contact Ace Bayou toll-free at (855) 751-8151 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday or online at and click on “Recall Information.”

Companies: Ace Bayou

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