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Recalls for bean bag chairs, 2013 Subaru Outback and Legacy models

Published June 5, 2013 11:51 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The following products and vehicles were recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Unless otherwise indicated, discontinue use of the products immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information about the products, call the manufacturer or CPSC's toll-free hotline, 800-638-2772. Only some cars or trucks recalled are affected. Contact a dealer for your model to see if it is included in the recall. The dealer will tell you what to do.

Product • Anywhere Lounger Bean Bag Chairs, sold at W.S. Badcock, Value City Furniture, Nebraska Furniture Mart and online at http://www.groupon.com from June 2012 to February 2013 for about $100.

Problem • Chairs without a permanent zipper closure allow young children to unzip, ingest or inhale the small beads inside the bag, posing a suffocation and strangulation hazard. Consumers should immediately take the Anywhere Lounger away from children, inspect the chair to see if the exterior zipper can be opened and, if so, contact Powell Co. to receive a free Safety Enhancement Repair Kit. For information, contact Powell Co. at (800) 622-4456 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, or online at http://www.powellcompany.com and click on Anywhere Lounger Safety Enhancement Kit.

Vehicles • Subaru 2013 Outback and Legacy

Problem • In the affected vehicles, the inner and outer shafts of the steering column assembly may become disengaged from one another. If they do, the driver could lose the ability to steer. Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering column assembly with a new one, free of charge. The recall began May 14. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQI-45, and owners may contact the company at 800-782-2783. They also may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 (800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.