The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced that about 2.2 million beanbag chairs are being voluntarily recalled following the suffocation deaths of two children.
According to CPSC, the chairs have zippers that can be opened, which can allow children to crawl inside. Recently, two children -a 13-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl – were found dead inside the beanbag chairs. The children had suffocated from inhaling the chair’s foam beads.
The industry has a voluntary standard that specifies that all zippers on beanbag chairs be disabled to prevent children from going inside of the chairs.
The chairs were manufactured by Ace Bayou and were sold for $30 to $100 before July 2013 at Amazon.com, Walmart, Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty and Wayfair. The chairs come in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes, and were manufactured in China, have tags that say “Ace Bayou Corp.”
The affected models have two zippers than can be unzipped and opened. The CPSC says that consumers should check the beanbag chairs for any zippers that can open. If zippers can be opened take the chairs away from children immediately and contact Ace Bayou for a free repair kit to permanently disable those zippers.
The product liability attorneys at Farah & Farah in Jacksonville want to emphasize that it is a manufacturer’s obligation, by law, to make products that are safe for the public. We find it particularly disturbing in this case that a manufacturer allegedly did not follow voluntary industry standards that could have prevented the deaths of two children. If you believe a defective product has harmed a loved one, contact us at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online to discuss your legal rights and to find out how you can hold those responsible for an injury or death liable for their negligence.