|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 1995
Release # 95-142
|CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1187
CPSC & Five Manufacturers Recall Bean
WASHINGTON, D.C.- As part of its ongoing
investigation of zippered bean bag chairs that may present a suffocation hazard, the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and five additional bean bag chair manufacturers
announced today the voluntary recall of approximately 142,000 more zippered bean bag
CPSC's ongoing investigation has included recalls and repair programs implemented by ten
other bean bag chair manufacturers. Previous recalls have affected over 12 million bean
CPSC is aware of 5 deaths from suffocation and at least 27 cases where children recovered
from their injuries involving zippered bean bag chairs. The children who died unzipped the
bean bag chairs, crawled inside, inhaled and ingested the small pellets of foam filling.
In other cases children choked while playing with pellets from unzipped bean bag chairs
which clogged their mouths and noses. None of these deaths and incidents involve bean bag
chairs manufactured by the firms listed below.
The following bean bag chair manufacturers are participating in this voluntary recall:
LIC No. TX 004408 on chair label
|1991 thru January 1995
|Golden Needle Co.
Ft. Worth, TX
|1991 thru March 1995
|1989 thru March 1995
San Francisco, CA
|1993 thru March 1995
|After March 1993
only at Toys'R' Us
These manufacturer's bean bag chairs were sold through small retail specialty shops,
catalogs, and educational supply companies. Consumers should check the bean bag chair's
label identifying the manufacturer by name or LIC. number and call the company's number
listed above to receive instructions for repairing their bean bag chair.
Any manufacturer's zippered bean bag chair that freely opens should be taken away from
children IMMEDIATELY. 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. This recall
does not affect bean bag chairs that have been retrofitted to prevent children from freely
opening them. Consumers who are not sure whether their bean bag chairs are included in
this recall or need help identifying their bean bag's manufacturer should call CPSC's
toll-free hotline at (800) 638-2772 for assistance.
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.