CPSC, Manufacturers Announce Recall To Fix Zippered Bean Bag Chairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

March 16, 1995

(301) 504-7908

Release # 95-093

 

CPSC, Manufacturers Announce Recall To Fix Zippered Bean Bag Chairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of its ongoing investigation of deaths and injuries associated with zippered bean bag chairs, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today a major cooperative repair program for at least 10 million zippered bean bag chairs.

CPSC is aware of 5 deaths and at least 27 other incidents in which children and toddlers have inhaled or ingested the bean bag filling. In some cases, the children unzipped the bean bag cover, crawled inside, and suffocated from inhaling the small pellets of foam filling. In other cases, children choked while playing with escaping, adhering pellets which clogged their mouths and noses.

CPSC Chairman Ann Brown said, "I am glad these companies have chosen to work voluntarily with CPSC to avoid risks to children."

The following companies are participating in this voluntary corrective action program:

COMPANY DISTRIBUTION DATES

Ace Bayou Corp.
New Orleans, La.
(800) 782-2770

1992 through 1994

Ace Novelty
Bellvue, Wash.
(800) 325-7888

1990 through 1994

American Bean Bag Co.
Corona, Calif.
(800) 338-8667

1990 through 1994

American Home Furnishings Corp.
Ft. Wayne, Ind.
(800) 860-2432

1992 through 1994

Colortex USA
Ft. Smith, Ark.
(800) 681-1308

1993 through 1994

Gold Medal
Richmond, Va.
(800) 986-1010

1986 through 1994

Jordan Manuf. Co.
Monticello, Ind.
(800) 328-6522

1989 through 1993

Mr. Bean Bag
Garland, Texas
(800) 525-7707

1971 through 1994

Now Products
Chicago, Ill.
(800) 669-5520

1987 through 1994



These manufacturers' bean bag chairs have been sold nationwide in retail stores including Caldor, F.W. Woolworth, Harts Stores, J.C. Penney, Kmart, Montgomery Ward, Rich's, Sears Roebuck and Co., Toys 'R' Us, and Walmart.

Consumers should stop using any manufacturer's bean bag chairs with zippers that freely open and take them away from children IMMEDIATELY. Consumers should check the bean bag chairs for a label identifying the manufacturer and call the company's 800 number listed above to receive instructions for repairing bean bag chairs to prevent them from opening.

CPSC states that consumers should be aware that bean bag chairs manufactured with a small, T-shaped plastic tab attached to the zipper head are in need of repair. Consumers who are not sure whether their bean bag chairs are included in this repair program should call CPSC's toll-free hotline at (800) 638-2772 for assistance.

CPSC is continuing to investigate other manufacturers of zippered bean bag chairs that may have distributed similar products.