Bean bag chairs are popular seating options for children. They are comfortable,
portable, and, when manufactured properly, can stand up to abuse.
Unfortunately, product defects can pose serious hazards, particularly because
the bags are full of hundreds of tiny “beans.” Most recently,
Ace Bayou Corp. re-announced the recall of 2.2 million bean bag chairs
sold from 1995 to 2013. The defective product is linked to two child deaths.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the zippers
on the bean bag chairs can be opened by children. Two children died after
crawling into the bags and suffocating on the chair’s foam beads.
An additional incident has been reported to CPSC involving a 6-year-old
boy who opened a bean bag chair and reportedly swallowed some foam beads
and had others in his nose and mouth. Given the serious risks, the CPSC
is extremely concerned that these recalled bean bag chairs are continuing
to be used by children. To date, just 790 consumers have responded to
For parents who are concerned about the safety of bean bag chairs in their
homes, the recalled products have two zippers, including an outer zipper
that does not have a pull tab and another zipper directly underneath that
zipper. Although the outer zipper on the bean bag chair does not have
a pull tab, children can still open it and then access the inner zipper,
which allows them to crawl inside.
As detailed by the
CPSC’s recall notice, the defective chairs 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. For identification purposes, consumers
can look for a tag sewn into the bean bag chair’s cover seam with
“ACE BAYOU CORP” printed on it. The recalled bean bag chairs
were sold at Bergner's, Big Lots, Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Carson's,
Elder-Beerman, Herberger's, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair,
Walmart and Younkers stores and online at Amazon.com, Meijer.com, Walmart.com
and other websites from 1995 to 2013 for between $30 and $100.
To prevent injury or even death, consumers should check the outside zipper
on their bean bag chair to verify that it has a metal staple to disable
the outer zipper. If it does not, the CPSC advises consumers to take the
recalled bean bag chair away from children immediately and contact Ace
Bayou for the free repair kit to permanently disable the zipper.
If you suffered serious harm due to a defective bean bag chair or other
product, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, please contactthe Law Offices of Robert Vaage.