2.2 million bean bag chairs recalled after deaths

This undated image provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows foam beads inside of an Ace Bayou Bean Bag Chair. The chairs are being recalled because the zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened by children who can then crawl inside, get trapped and suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair’s foam beads.
This undated image provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows foam beads inside of an Ace Bayou Bean Bag Chair. The chairs are being recalled because the zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened by children who can then crawl inside, get trapped and suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair’s foam beads. (AP Photo/U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)

NEW YORK (AP) — About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday that the zippers on the chairs, which are made by Ace Bayou Corp., can open.

A 13-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas, and a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Kentucky, were found dead inside the chairs after they suffocated from a lack of air and inhaled the chair’s foam beads.

The chairs were sold at Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair and Walmart stores and online at Amazon.com, Meijer.com and Walmart.com. They cost between $30 and $100 and were sold before July 2013. They come in all different colors, shapes, fabrics and sizes.

Owners of the bean bag chairs should check if the zippers open and take them away from children if they do, the CPSC said.

Ace Bayou, which is based in New Orleans, is offering customers a free repair kit that will stop the zippers from opening. Customers can order one at acebayou.com.

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