Monday, May 9, 2011

ALERT: Tabletop Feeding Chairs Unsafe for Kids

The federal government is warning that several tabletop feeding chairs for babies and toddlers are unsafe.  According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, children could be hurt in certain versions of the "metoo" clip-on tabletop chairs imported by Colorado-based phil&teds USA Inc. The CPSC says numerous children — believed to be about a dozen — have been injured.
The chairs have metal clamps that attach to most table tops, such as a restaurant table. The CPSC says those clamps can easily come loose, causing the chair to detach and sending the child plummeting to the floor.
Fingers or hands can also be pinched or crushed when the chairs partially detach from a table, catching a child's fingers or hands between the clamp and a metal bar on the front of the chair.
The commission says the company refused to agree to a national recall that was acceptable to the agency. On its website, the company is offering rubberized grips to cover the chair's clamps. CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson says the grip replacement kits being offered by phil&teds will not keep children safe in the seat.
"Even with those rubber boots, the chair can still slip off a table," said Wolfson. "We believe the company needs to come up with a free remedy that will prevent children from falling or having an amputation hazard if one side of the chair detaches."

1 comment:

  1. I have the Inglesina tabletop chair and it has large rubber grips, top and bottom, and tightens securely to the table. We LOVE it. Works great. The only problem we've ever had is the kid getting exciting, jumping around in the seat and the table almost tipping over. It works best on booths, kitchen islands, or heavy tables. Small tables at Panera Bread don't work too good! :-)