April 2, 1996
Release # 96-093
|CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, Meri-Jon Artist Colony Announce Recall to
Repair Bean Bag Chairs
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 Meri-Jon Artist Colony of Lexington, N.C.,
announced today a major cooperative repair program for 150,000 zippered bean bag chairs.
CPSC's ongoing investigation has included corrective actions and repair programs
implemented by 15 other bean bag chair manufacturers. Previous corrective actions have
affected over 12 million bean bag chairs.
CPSC is aware of 5 deaths from suffocation and at least 23 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 involved bean bag
chairs manufactured by Meri-Jon Artist Colony.
Meri-Jon Artist Colony has sold bean bag chairs nationwide since 1980 at small retail
furniture stores. The chairs, which are sold in a variety of styles and colors, can be
identified by the manufacturer's label on the product. Owners of Meri-Jon Artist Colony's
bean bag chairs can contact the company at (800) 476-4618 to receive instructions for
repairing their bean bag chairs. Bean bag chairs manufactured and sold by Meri-Jon Artist
Colony with an outer zipper with no pull tab are not affected.
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 repair
program does not affect bean bag chairs that have been retroffitted to prevent children
from freely opening them. Consumers who are not sure whether their bean bag chairs are
included in this repair program or need help identifying their bean bag chair'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
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