product recall

Anton Yelchin in Star Trek Into Darkness

It’s obvious we may all know about it, but in case you missed it, but up and coming actor Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the new Star Trek movies, has died via a tragic accident at his home involving his Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. He has up to five movies that he’s been working on, still up for release in theaters, those being Rosemary, We Don’t Belong Here, Star Trek Beyond, Porto and Thoroughbred.

The accident that took place was when his Jeep rolled down his driveway and hit/pinned him against a pillar at the bottom of his driveway.

Anton was found dead, pinned between Jeep and gate, with the motor still running.

According to sources, he died within minutes of being hit. If this is correct, he did not languish and suffer. He had extensive injuries to his chest and head, where sources say his lungs were crushed.

But aside from these sad details, this drives home a very sad point about safety, much like the death of Dale Earnhardt did in NASCAR.

Sadly, his Jeep had a recall out on it involving the e-shift process, where a driver might think the vehicle is in park but in actuallity, was still in neutral.

Had Yelchin actually taken his Jeep in and had it serviced, he would probably be alive today.

But when recalls are announced, though they seem distant and not important or critical to you, they actually could be.

When I put in my other consumer’s blog about the recalls from infant cribs or toys that choke and kill children, I know the situations seem too distant from you to be an issue. I mean, you may think “that won’t happen to me/us.” But sadly there are people out there that have been dramatically or tragically corrected about that presumption.

The point is, if you see, hear or receive a notice about a product recall, no matter how trivial it appears, it can’t hurt to check it out or follow through on it.

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ACE BAYOU is recalling their bean bag chairs due to a flaw in their zipper system and two deaths have been associated with them.

The product in question is the Ace Bayou Bean Bag Chairs, and they have zippers that can be opened by children and the most horrible thing happened, where on two different occasions, a 13-year-old and 3-year-old child unzipped the chair and crawled inside, and subsequently, suffocated or choked on the contents.

The bean bag chairs can be repaired if you own one, and I would urge you to follow up on this particular scenario.

CPSC press release excerpt:

“The recalled bean bag chairs have 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, colors and fabrics. They include round or L-shaped, vinyl or fabric, and are filled with polystyrene foam beads. They were sold in a variety of colors, including purple, violet, blue, red, pink, yellow, Kelly green, black, port, navy, lime, royal blue, turquoise, tangerine and multi-color.  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.

Consumers should check their bean bag chairs for any zippers that can open, take those that can open away from children immediately and contact Ace Bayou for a free repair kit to permanently disable the zippers so that they cannot be opened.”

The chairs in question were sold at outlets such as Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair and Walmart stores and online at Amazon.com, Meijer.com and Walmart.com before July 2013 for between $30 and $100.

You can contact Ace Bayou toll-free at (855) 751-8151 or online at www.acebayou.com and click on “Recall Information” for more information.

Bean Bag Recall

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