MCKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) - More than 2 million beanbag chairs are being recalled Friday after leading to the suffocation deaths of at least two children, including a 13-year-old boy from McKinney. The chairs are made by Ace Bayou Corp. and do not meet industry standards.
The recalled chairs feature zippers than can be opened up by the owners. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, this allows children to crawl inside of the chairs. If a child were to get stuck inside of a beanbag chair, they could suffocate or choke on the chair's foam beads. Standards indicate that all beanbag chairs remain closed, and any zippers be disabled.
Both the McKinney teenager and a 3-year-old girl from Kentucky were found dead inside of the beanbag chairs.
The chairs were sold prior to July 2013 at several retailers such as Walmart and Amazon. They retailed for prices between $30 and $100 and came in a variety of colors and sizes. Beanbag chairs made by Ace Bayou Corp. have a tag with the company name sewn into the chair's seam. The chairs were made in China.
Anyone with one of these beanbag chairs is urged to keep them away from children and contact Ace Bayou Corp. immediately. The company is able to provide customers with a free kit that will permanently disable the zippers.
Click here to get more information about the recall, including how to check if your beanbag chair is being recalled and how to contact the company for your free safety kit.