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Lexington death prompts recall of 2.2M bean bag chairs

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NEW YORK (AP/WKYT) - About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after a Lexington child crawled inside and suffocated to death.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the zippers on the chairs, which are made by Ace Bayou Corp., can open.

In 2012, three-year-old Mia Kylee Simmerman of Lexington was found by a firefighter unresponsive inside her bean bag chair.

The coroner says she died of suffocation.

In recent years, a 13-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas was also found dead inside a chair after suffocating from the lack of air and inhaling the chair's foam beads.

Representative Terry Mills, a Kentucky legislator, is Simmerman's grandfather. He gave the Consumer Product Safety Commission information about the bean bag model and make.

"The fact that they're not being sold any more I think is a good thing," Rep. Mills said, "we watch children now go to their first day of school, and we suffer. And those families who have lost babies and children like this I think understand, but unless it's happened to you it's really hard, difficult to understand."

The chairs were sold at Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair and Walmart stores and online at Amazon.com, Meijer.com and Walmart.com. They cost between $30 and $100 and were sold before July 2013.

Ace Bayou is offering customers a free repair kit on its website that will stop the zippers from opening.


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