A New Orleans company has announced a voluntary recall of about 2.2 million beanbag chairs after the chairs were implicated in the suffocation deaths of two children.
Ace Bayou Corp., which has its headquarters in the 3700 block of Desire Parkway, announced the recall Friday along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The beanbag chairs were sold in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and fabrics. They are filled with polystyrene foam beads.
Two children, a 13-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas, and a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Kentucky, died in separate incidents after they crawled inside the beanbag chairs and then suffocated from breathing in the foam beads. Both children were found inside the chairs.
The recalled chairs have two zippers that can be unzipped and opened, including one on the exterior cover and another one directly underneath that zipper.
The company is offering free “safety enhancement kits” to anyone who purchased the recalled chairs. The kits disable the zippers so that the chairs can no longer be unzipped from the outside.
They were made in China.
The chairs may be round or L-shaped with vinyl or fabric covers. The round chairs were sold in three sizes: 30, 32 and 40 inches in diameter. The L-shaped chairs measure 18 inches wide by 30 inches deep by 30 inches high. “ACE BAYOU CORP” is printed on a tag sewn into the chair’s cover seam.
The CPSC urged consumers to check their beanbag 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.
More information is available at www.acebayou.com.