[USA] Recall to Repair: Phil & Teds Metoo Clip-On High Chair

Metoo Clip-On Table-Top high chairs have been recalled in the USA by Phil & Teds due to fall and amputation hazards.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have advised that the use of these clip-on high chairs should stop immediately. There have been 19 reports of the chairs falling, 5 of these incidents involved injuries to children.

The CPSC described the nature of the risk posed by the Metoo Clip-On Chair: “Missing or worn clamp pads allow the chairs to detach from a variety of different table surfaces, posing a fall hazard. In addition, when the chair detaches, children’s fingers can be caught between the bar and clamping mechanism, posing an amputation hazard. Also, user instructions for the chairs are inadequate, increasing the likelihood of consumer misuse.”

The recalled product is an infant/toddler chair with 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 pad on its underside or a rubber boot covering the clamp. The chair is sold in three fabric colors – red, black and navy. Chairs subject to this recall do not have black plastic spacers between the cross bar and the clamps.

Among the reports of injuries, two involved children’s fingers being severely pinched, lacerated, crushed or amputated. While the three other reports of injury involved bruising after a chair detached suddenly and a child struck the table or floor.

Around 54,000 of these high chairs are affected. In early May of this year the CPSC published advise about potential safety issues regarding this product.

The Metoo Clip-On Chair was sold via Buy Buy Baby, Target and Toys R Us, philandteds.com, Amazon.com, other online retailers and a variety of independent juvenile speciality stores from May 2006 to May 2011. The product was made in China and sold for between $40 and $50.

Phil & Teds should be contacted in order to receive a free repair kit and revised user instructions. If you have previously received a repair kit with only rubber boots you should also stop using the chair and contact the company for the new repair kit.

Phil&teds USA telephone number is (855) 652-9019. The company’s website address is: www.philandteds.com/support

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