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Federal officials have issued a defective product recall for 2.2 million bean bag chairs after two children unzipped the chairs, climbed inside and suffocated to death.
According to a news report in the Miami Herald, both victims, a 13-year-old Texas boy and a 3-year-old girl from Kentucky, were found inside the chairs.
The children had apparently become trapped inside and choked on the foam beads that were used to stuff the bean bag chairs.
Dangerous and Defective Products
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the chairs, manufactured by Ace Bayou Corp. of New Orleans, did not meet the industry’s voluntary safety standard, which required non-refillable bean bag chairs to have closed and permanently disabled zippers.
The chairs included in the recall were sold before July 2013 for between $30 and $100 at Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair and Walmart stores and online at Amazon.com, Meijer.com and Walmart.com.
The chairs were manufactured in China and come in a variety of sizes and colors. Consumers who have these chairs at home are asked to remove them right away and keep them out of children’s reach.
Ace will provide a free repair kit to consumers so they can permanently disable the zippers.
For more information, call the company directly at (855) 751-8151 or visit their website at acebayou.com.
Product Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the manufacturer of the bean bag chairs failed to follow the voluntary industry standards, which is to ensure that the zippers are disabled. These standards are in place specifically to prevent such tragedies. No parent thinks that their child could unzip a piece of furniture and climb into it.
It is appalling that this standard pertaining to bean bag furniture is still voluntary and is not a federal standard.
As product liability attorneys who represent seriously injured victims, we hope that these tragedies will urge federal officials to pass a new rule and hold violators accountable.
Anyone who has been injured by a defective product can file a product liability claim seek compensation for the injuries, damages and losses sustained. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim against the product manufacturer seeking damages as well.
Plaintiffs in such cases must prove that the products in question were defective, that the product caused injuries and that they suffered damages as a result.
An experienced product defect law firm can help victims and families in such cases better understand their legal rights and options.