The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is asking parents to immediately stop using “metoo” infant chairs that are designed to clip on to the side of a table. The agency has received numerous reports of the chairs falling from tables and children being injured in these falls.
Despite previous claims that it was conducting a recall in cooperation with the CPSC, importer and distributor, phil&teds USA Inc., has refused to agree to a national recall of the chairs that satisfies the CPSC. The company has agree to offer a free repair kit containing rubber boots for the upper clamp grips but consumers should be a aware that the CPSC has not approved the repair kit for the product.
The chairs in question are made of metal and fabric and have vice clamps that are designed to clip on to the edge of most tables. The problem however is that the clamps can become detached from some tables causing the child to fall suddenly. Small children can be seriously injured even in a fall from only a few feet.
The CPSC also warns that children’s fingers could become severely pinched, lacerated, crushed or even amputated if caught between a bar and the clamps when the chair falls.
Tens of thousands of these dangerous chairs have been sold at various retailers, including target and Toys R’ Us, since May of 2006 for about $50 each.
Parents are urged to immediately discontinue using the chairs in order to prevent potentially serious injuries to their child.