Bean Bag Chairs that Can Unzip are Unsafe for Children: the CPSCMay 20, 2013
Some models of Anywhere Lounger bean bag chairs have been subject to a recall, according to a May 16 announcement by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in cooperation with Powell Company.
The reason for the recall, according to the CPSC’s press release: “Bean bag chairs without a permanent zipper closure allow young children to unzip, ingest or inhale the small beads inside of the bean bag chair, posing a suffocation and strangulation hazard.”
No injuries have been reported, the CPSC added.
The recalled Anywhere Lounger bean bag chairs are 100% polyester or 100% cotton, and measure about 51 inches in height with a 43-inch-wide base, according to the CPSC.
Recalled colors include purple (item 199-B004), chocolate (item 199-B005), bayou blue (item 199-B006), pink (item 199-B007), lime green (item 199-B008), denim (item 199-B009), black and white (item 199-B012), striped black and white (item 199-B014), natural (item 199-B016) and camo (item 199-B017).
The item number is printed on the product packaging, and Powell Company is printed on the label on the bean bag chairs, according to the CPSC.
The bean bags, manufactured in China, were sold at furniture stores nationwide, including W.S. Badcock, Value City Furniture and Nebraska Furniture Mart, as well as online at Groupon.com from June 2012 to February 2013 for about $100. The recall involves some 6,300 units.
The CPSC advises those that own one of the recalled bean bag chairs to first take it away from their child and stop using it immediately. They should then examine it and see if the exterior zipper can be unzipped; if it can, consumers should contact the Powell Company to receive a free repair kit.
The company can be reached at (800) 622-4456 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pacific Time, and on its website at http://www.powellcompany.com/AnywhereLounger.aspx. On its website, Powell Company offers to send pliers to consumers who need them.