The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to stop using clip-on table-top chairs manufactured by phil&teds USA Inc. due to risk of serious injury due to multiple safety hazards. This caught my attention because we use one of these chairs for our grandchildren.
The “metoo” infant/toddler chair has a nylon fabric seat and a metal frame that clamps onto tables using two metal vise clamps. The upper part of each clamp rests on the table top and has either a rubber clamp pad on its underside or a rubber boot covering. Chairs affected by this warning do not have plastic spacers between the table clamps and the front horizontal metal bar. Chairs with plastic spacers between the table clamps and the front horizontal metal bar are under evaluation. The “metoo” chairs have been sold since May 2006 through phil&teds.com, Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Target, ToysRUs and other retailers.
According to CPSC, the affected “metoo” chairs pose serious fall and amputation hazards to children. Children can suffer impact and head injuries when the chair detaches from the table and falls with them in it, and CPSC staff are aware of numerous incidents involving the chairs. Phil&teds has refused to agree to a national recall of their product that is acceptable to CPSC, and has offered a repair kit consisting of rubber boots to place on the upper clamp grips of the chairs. CPSC has not approved a repair kit for this product. For more information about the recall, click on this link.