2.2 million bean bag chairs recalled after deaths of two children
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Bean bag chairs are sold in a variety of shapes, sizes, fabrics and colors. The chairs can be round like a pillow, or an L-shaped chair promoted for playing computer games or watching television.

By Peninsula Daily News
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NEW YORK — About 2.2 million bean bag chairs sold at major retail stores, including Walmart, are being voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer after two children climbed inside the bags through a zipper and suffocated to death.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Ace Bayou Corp. of New Orleans announced the voluntary recall Friday.

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.

A 13-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas, and a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Kentucky, were found dead inside the chairs after suffocating from the lack of air and inhaling the chair's foam beads.

The chairs were sold at Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair and Walmart stores and online at Amazon.com, Meijer.com and Walmart.com.

They cost between $30 and $100 and were sold before July 2013.

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 chairs were manufactured in China, and the company's name, Ace Bayou Corp., is printed on a tag sewn into a seam.

To obtain a free repair kit to permanently disable the zippers, or for further information, contact Ace Bayou toll-free at 855-571-8151 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at http://www.acebayou.com (click on "Recall Information" at the top of the page).

Last modified: August 22. 2014 9:04AM
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