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Bean Bag Chairs Pose Serious Risks

Bean bag chairs are popular with small children. However, one particular product could pose serious risks.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Comfort Research, LLC is recalling 125,000 vinyl bean bag chairs. Children can open the zippers on the bean bag chairs and then crawl inside, become entrapped, suffocate or choke on its foam beads. Thankfully, no injuries have been linked to the defect.

For parents who are concerned that they may own the dangerous bean bag chairs, they were sold at retail stores nationwide, including Burlington Coat Factory, Kroger, and Meijer. They were also available online at Amazon, Bean Bag Company, Groupon, Kohls, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, Wayfair and other online retailers between January 2010 and October 2013 for between $30 and $40.

The recalled vinyl bean bag chairs measure 88 and 98 inches in diameter and were sold in a variety of colors and patterns, including black, hot pink, lime, purple, royal blue, ruby red, and baseball, basketball, football and soccer ball. A tag sewn into bean bag chair’s cover seam reads “Made By Comfort Research” and “100% Polystyrene.”

Parents and caregivers are advised to immediately take the recalled bean bag chairs from children and check them for zippers that can be opened. They can then contact Comfort Research for instructions to permanently disable the zipper.