Safety alert: Phil & Teds Metoo Clip-on Chairs
On 2011-05-06, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a safety alert regarding Phil & Teds Metoo Clip-on Chairs due to a potential fall and amputation hazard. This product sold new beginning in May 2006 for about $50.
Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the High Chairs & Boosters category in 2011. Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls, involving about 4 million product units. See other recalled High Chairs & Boosters.
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What is the problem?
The affected metoo chairs pose serious fall and amputation hazards to children placed in them. Children can suffer impact and head injuries when the chair detaches from the table and falls with them in it. CPSC staff is aware of numerous incidents involving the affected metoo chairs
CPSC staff has determined that the clamps can detach from a variety of different table surfaces. Additionally, the chairs can detach when children move around or use their feet to push against other objects. Staff also determined that the lack of adequate space between the horizontal metal bar at the front of the chair and the clamps can cause children's fingers to be severely pinched, lacerated, crushed or amputated if caught between the bar and the clamp when the chair detaches.
In addition to hazards with the affected clip-on chairs, the product packaging and instructions provide conflicting information. The product's packaging and marketing information show the product being used in ways that may lead to the chair detaching from the table. However, the product's instructions do not adequately warn against this type of use.
How can I tell if I own this product?
The 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 clamp pad on its underside or a rubber boot covering it. The chair is sold in three fabric colors - red, black and navy.
The clip-on chairs affected by this warning do not have plastic spacers between the table clamps and the front horizontal metal bar. The clip-on chairs that have plastic spacers between the table clamps and the front horizontal metal bar are under evaluation.
The CPSC issued a recall regarding these chairs in August, 2011.
These items were sold new+ at Tens of thousands of the affected metoo chairs may have been distributed since May 2006 for about $50 through philandteds.com, Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Target, Toys R Us, other online retailers and a variety of independent juvenile specialty stores.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
The company has refused to agree to a national recall of their hazardous product that is acceptable to CPSC. The company has offered a repair kit consisting of rubber boots to place on the upper clamp grips of the chairs. Consumers should be aware that CPSC has not approved a repair kit for this product, despite the firm's prior statement that it was conducting a recall "in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission."
CPSC is urging consumers to stop using the affected metoo chairs at this time in order to prevent the risk of injury to children.
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