|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.