When designing, selling or using baby bean bags, safety should always come first. In recent years, several manufacturers have fallen short of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) safety standards established for bean bag products. There have been several products recalls as a result of this failure to meet these safety standards. The most recent bean bag recall is particularly concerning as it involves a product specifically for newborn infants.
Mini Beanz Possible Mishap Leads to Recall
The concept of the Mini Beanz Bubble Orange Newborn Bean Bag was to provide attractive and comfortable resting places for infants. The manufacturer claims that the product can help prevent flat head and relieve reflux in newborns. Unfortunately, some of these baby bean bags, present a potential suffocation hazard. Despite their intention to keep babies upright, comfy and safe. The company did comply with ACCC standards by including a childproof slide closure. However, someone at the production level dropped the ball during the final inspection process.
It became apparent that some of the inner bag zippers and outer covers still had a paper clip attached to them. Product Safety Australia recalled the Bubble Orange Newborn Bean Bags. The paper clip could allow small children to access the bean bag filler easily, which can cause suffocation if inhaled. Therefore the products violated ACCC standards. The infant-size bean bag sold on the Mini Beanz Bean Bags website from early July of 2015 to June of 2016. Customers received notification instructing them to remove any paper clips attached to the zippers.
Child Safety Is Paramount in the Bean Bag Industry
Relatively recent changes to existing ACCC safety regulations are responsible for the mandatory inclusion of child safety zippers on bean bag products. Deliberation over the Mandatory Safety Standards took more than a year before being effected at the beginning of 2016.
Revisions to the mandatory safety standards
All bean bags must have childproof slide fasteners at every opening that allows for adding or removing contents. Prohibit retailers, manufacturers, and distributors from the supply of products with handles, tags and other devices. Specifically, any device that could assist in opening the childproof zippers.
The following warning must appear conspicuously and be permanently attached to bean bags sold in Australia:
“WARNING: Children can suffocate if bean bag filling is swallowed or inhaled. Do not let children climb inside this bean bag. A bean bag is not a safe sleeping surface for an infant under 12 months of age.”
Bean Bags R Us Upholds Strict Safety Standards
Bean Bags R Us, commit to the safety of our customers, especially our smallest ones. All of our adult range and our bean bag chairs for kids include childproof safety zippers to prevent children and pets from accessing the bean bag contents, and while we do test our products carefully, we do not ship items with paper clips or any other opening devices attached.
We fully support all ACCC amendments to the mandatory safety standard. Our team actively promotes public education about the safe and proper use of bean bag products. We want you and your children to enjoy our beanbags without any fear of faulty hidden hazards. If you have any questions about our bean bag zippers or other product features, please contact us for more information.