About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled following the deaths of two children who suffocated after they crawled inside the chairs. Other recalled products include convertible cribs with a defect that can create a hazardous gap.
Here’s a more detailed look:
BEAN BAG CHAIRS
DETAILS: Ace Bayou bean bag chairs with two zippers that can be unzipped and opened, including one of the exterior cover and other directly underneath that zipper. The recalled chairs with zippers that open were sold in a variety of sizes, shapes, colours and fabrics. They include round or L-shaped, vinyl or fabric, and are filled with polystyrene foam beads. They were sold in colours including purple, violet, blue, red, pink, yellow, Kelly green, black, port, navy, lime, royal blue, turquoise, tangerine and multi-colour. The round bean bag chairs were sold in three sizes, 30, 32 and 40 inches in diameter. The L-shaped bean bag chair measures 18 inches wide by 30 inches deep by 30 inches high. “ACE BAYOU CORP” is printed on a tag sewn into the bean bag chair’s cover seam. They were made in China and sold at Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair and Walmart stores and online at Amazon.com, Meijer.com and Walmart.com before July 2013.
WHY: The zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened by children who can then crawl inside, get trapped and suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair’s foam beads.
INCIDENTS: A 13-year old boy from McKinney, Texas died and a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Kentucky died after suffocating from lack of air and inhaling the chair’s foam beads. Both children were found inside the chairs.
HOW MANY: About 2.2 million.
FOR MORE: Call Ace Bayou at 855-571-8151 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit www.acebayou.com and click on “Recall Information” for more information.
CHILDREN’S WATER BOTTLES
DETAILS: Brita hard-sided water filter bottle for kids. Each bottle bears a Brita logo and features the image of a popular children’s cartoon character. The removable plastic wrap on the bottle at time of purchase has the model number BB07 and the following UPC codes: 60258-35883 on the Dora the Explorer, 60258-35914 on the Hello Kitty, 60258-35880 on the SpongeBob Square Pants and 60258-35882 on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They were sold from February 2014 through July 2014. Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob Square Pants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bottles were sold from June 2013 through July 2014.
WHY: The lid can break into pieces with sharp points, posing a laceration hazard
INCIDENTS: 35 reports of lids breaking or cracking. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 242,500.
FOR MORE: Call Brita at 800-926-2065 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.brita.com and click “Safety Recall” for more information.
DETAILS: Franklin & Ben Mason style 4-in-1 style cribs model number 5601 that were made from January 2012 through August 2012. The model number and the date of manufacture are printed on a label on the inside of a side panel of the crib. Listed on the label as a “serial number,” the following purchase order numbers are included in the recall: H004522, H004546, H004548 or H004777. They were sold from January 2012 through June 2014.
WHY: The crib front can separate from the side panels and create a hazardous gap that can allow a child to fall out or become entrapped between the front and side panels.
INCIDENTS: 14 reports of the front separating from the side panels of the crib. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 1,000 in the U.S and 100 in Canada
FOR MORE: Call Franklin & Ben, a division of Bexco, at 888-673-6652 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit www.franklinandben.com and click “Safety Recall” to request a repair kit.
SYNTHETIC OX GALL
DETAILS: Golden Artist Colors synthetic Ox Gall, which is designed to be used with artists’ watercolour paints in small amounts to improve flow and wetting. It is clear and of low viscosity and packaged in a 59 millilitre clear glass jar with a dropper lid. Product code of 7001000-2 appears on the label. One of the following batch numbers is printed on the bottom of the jar: 365254, 366319, 366405 or 366626. It was sold at fine-art supply stores nationwide and on their websites from June 2014 through July 2014.
WHY: There’s a risk of skin rash or blistering.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 470 units in the U.S. and 90 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call Golden Artist Colors Inc. at 800-959-6453 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday or visit www.qorcolours.com and click on “News” for more information.
KAYAK AND WATERSPORTS STORAGE HANGAR
DETAILS: Attwood kayak and watersports storage hangers sold as a pair of blue and black fabric straps that measure approximately 1 inch wide and 84 inches long when unbuckled. The straps include a plastic snap buckle to adjust the length and a plastic-coated steel S-hook attachment for hanging. Model number 11917-6 is located on the back of the retail package near the barcode. They were sold at Walmart, Mills Farm Fleet stores, marine dealers nationwide and online at Walmart.com from January 2014 to July 2014.
WHY: The length adjustment buckles release unexpectedly, causing the item being stored to fall and injure people nearby.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 10,000.
FOR MORE: Call Attwood Corp. at 844-808-5704 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.attwoodmarine.com and click on the “Product Recall” tab under the Resources section at the bottom of the home page and select “Kayak & Watersports Storage Hanger Recall” for more information.
DETAILS: SolarWorld solar systems installed with bare-copper grounding lugs installed after June 1, 2010. These solar systems use energy from the sun to generate electricity within a system circuit. The installation instructions for SolarWorld solar systems sold after June 1, 2010 called for the use of GBL-4DB lugs for grounding. They were sold by SolarWorld installers and distributors, or other distribution companies from June 2011 to June 2014. SolarWorld has revised these installation instructions to explicitly call for tin-coated lugs, specifically Ilsco part number GBL-4DBT. “T” is for tin-coated and indicated by the silver colour of the lug.
WHY: The bare-copper grounding lugs can corrode which could result in a faulty ground circuit, posing an electric shock, electrocution or fire hazard.
INCIDENTS: One report of corrosion related to the bare copper lugs. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 1.3 million in the U.S. and 210,000 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call SolarWorld at 877-360-1787 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday or visit www.solarworld-usa.com and click on the “Product Safety” tab for more information.
DETAILS: StoveTop FireStop Microhood. It is a flame activated, dry chemical powder, fire suppression device that mounts over a residential cooktop stove, underneath a microwave oven. The Microhood units are plastic/metal and come in black and white. They are about 14 inches long, 4 inches wide and 3 inches high. The recalled model numbers are 677-1 (black) and 677-2 (white) with a “Replace Before” date of June 2014 thru August 2019. This date is located on the bottom of each unit. They were sold from June 2009 to August 2014 for about $80.
WHY: The Microhood front canister can fall from the unit and fail to suppress the fire.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 103,000.
FOR MORE: Call WilliamsRDM at 888-616-7976 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST Monday through Friday or visit www.stovetopfirestop.com and click on “StoveTop FireStop Microhood Safety Notice” at the bottom of the page for more information.