Ace Bayou Corp. Renews Recall of 2.2 Million Children’s Bean Bag Chairs; 2 Deaths Reported

December 19, 2015

Ace Bayou 2014 Bean Bag Chair Recall

In August 2014, an article appeared on this blog detailing Ace Bayou Corp.’s recall of over 2 million bean bag chairs following the suffocation deaths of two children. This recall highlighted an instance of a manufacturer’s blatant disregard for the safety of end users—children. Ace Bayou’s design and manufacture of its bean bag chairs failed to conform to the voluntary industry standard intended to prevent children from opening up and entering the chairs. Unfortunately, without safeguards in place, two children who entered the bean bag chair suffocated from lack of oxygen and inhalation of the chairs’ stuffing material. As a result, Ace Bayou recalled approximately 2.2 million bean bag chairs.

Ace Bayou’s Renewed Recall

Nearly a year and a half after the initial recall, Ace Bayou on Thursday renewed its recall, citing a mere 790 purchasers responding to the recall. Even liberally estimating the portion of purchasers who may have discarded or given away the defective chairs, a consumer response rate of 790 is disastrously low, particularly for a product that has been linked to two child deaths.

This highlights a notable failure of product recalls. When companies issue a recall, that does not mean that consumers will necessarily see or hear any information about it. While high-profile recalls like the Takata airbag recall garner national attention, many—if not most—recalls are not given significant airtime in the media.

Consumers Can Help Spread the Word About Product Recalls

It is a sad fact that customers cannot rely on manufacturers to take proper safety precautions and sell only safe, non-defective products. But the public can help each other stay safe. As Cleveland product liability attorneys, the team at Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA strives to alert Ohioans and Cleveland residents of dangerous and defective products in the hope that injuries may be prevented. Consumers, too, can help spread the word whenever a defective product is recalled.

If you or a loved one are injured as the result of a defective or recalled product or appliance, call an experienced trial attorney at Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA for a free consultation regarding your personal injury claims.


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