Recall: Ace Bayou Bean Bag Deaths Attributed to Suffocation
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Sep 11, 2014 in Product Liability
Ace Bayou Corp., of New Orleans, La., has issued a recall of 2.2 million bean bag chairs after separate incidents where a 13-year-old boy from McKinney, Tex. and a 3-year-old from Lexington, Ky. were found inside the chairs, dead of apparent suffocation.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Ace Bayou have partnered to recall the chairs, which were sold at numerous retailers, in store and online, since July 2013.
The recall is voluntary. Typically, non-refillable bean bag chairs have a standard design that prevents the zippers from being opened, or there is no zipper at all. The Ace Bayou bean bags have two zippers which are not disabled; an exterior zipper on the fabric cover and a second zipper underneath to keep the polystyrene foam beads inside. The chairs were sold in a variety of fabrics, colors and sizes. Shapes include round or an L configuration.
On the bean bag chairs, a label printed with ACE BAYOU CORP is sewn along the seam. The chairs are manufactured in China, but were sold at the following retailers: Bergners, Big Lots, Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Carsons, Elder-Beerman, Herbergers, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair, Walmart and Yonkers stores online, and at Amazon.com, Meijer.com, Walmart.com and others. The chairs sold for anywhere between $30 and $100.
Parents and consumers are advised to keep the bean bags out of reach of children until the issue has been resolved. After contacting Ace Bayou, the company will send the consumer a repair kit that will permanently disable the zippers so they cannot be reopened.
The attorneys at Goldberg Finnegan send our deepest condolences and best wishes to the families of the children who died as a result of this defective product. To order a repair kit, Ace Bayou can be contacted toll-free at (855) 571-8151 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.
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