2 suffocations spur officials to recall bean bag chairs

The foam beads inside of an Ace Bayou Bean Bag Chair are shown.

About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday that the zippers on the chairs, which are made by Ace Bayou Corp., can open. A 13-year-old boy from Texas and a 3-year-old girl from Kentucky were found dead inside the chairs after they suffocated from a lack of air and inhaled the chair's foam beads.

The chairs were sold at Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair and Walmart stores and online at Amazon.com and other sites. They cost between $30 and $100 and were sold before July 2013. They come in all different colors, shapes, fabrics and sizes.

Owners of the bean bag chairs should check if the zippers open and take them away from children if they do, the CPSC said.

Ace Bayou, which is based in New Orleans, is offering customers a free repair kit that will stop the zippers from opening. Customers can order one at acebayou.com.

Online: http://1.usa.gov/1q13L5R

Ace Bayou recall information: http://acebayou.com/recall/