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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 1995

Release # 95-093
CPSC: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1193

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.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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