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December 1, 1994

Release # 95-038
CPSC: Robin Diamond
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1219

CPSC, Baseline Design Recalls Bean Bag Chair Following Death

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Baseline Design Division of Crain Industries Inc. of Fort Smith, Ark., is voluntarily recalling about 2.5 million bean bag chairs sold nationwide in retail stores from 1990 through 1994. Young children and toddlers can suffocate from inhaling the small pellets of foam filling, if they unzip the bean bag chair.

On September 11, 1994, a 19-month-old toddler of Unionville, Mo., reportedly unzipped the bean bag chair, crawled inside, and suffocated from inhaling the foam filling pellets. Baseline received one other report of a 2 1/2-year-old girl from El Paso, Texas, who survived after inhaling and ingesting the foam pellets, when her older brother reportedly zipped the bean bag chair closed with the child inside.

The recalled chairs sold for about $20.00 at stores such as Walmart, Kmart, Lillian Vernon, and Target. The bean bag, which is meant for adult use, comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and fabrics.

Consumers should stop using these chairs and keep them away from young children. Consumers who find the manufacturer Base Line Design printed on the label of their bean bag chair can call (501) 648-2800 collect for instructions on returning the bean bag chair free-of-charge to Base Line Design to have the hazard eliminated by retrofitting the chair.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to