A New Orleans company has announced a voluntary recall of about 2.2 million beanbag chairs after the chairs were implicated in the suffocation deaths of two children.
Ace Bayou Corp., which has its headquarters in the 3700 block of Desire Parkway, announced the recall Friday along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The beanbag chairs were sold in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and fabrics. They are filled with polystyrene foam beads.
Two children, a 13-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas, and a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Kentucky, died in separate incidents after they crawled inside the beanbag chairs and then suffocated from breathing in the foam beads.
Both children were found inside the chairs.
The recalled chairs have two zippers that can be unzipped and opened, including one on the exterior cover and another one directly underneath that zipper.
The company is offering free “safety enhancement kits” to anyone who purchased the recalled chairs.