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2011-08-17

Recall - phil and teds "Meeto" clip-on high chairs

The following recall update is from HSW:


Event Hightlights
Event Update: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports of a recall involving “metoo” clip-on table top chairs, imported by phil&teds USA Inc., of Fort Collins, Colo. These were the subject of a product safety alert issued May 6, 2011. 
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 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. SeeHazard Details tab for more information.
phil&teds and CPSC have received 19 reports of the chairs falling from different table surfaces, including five reports with injuries. Two reports of injuries involved children's fingers being severely pinched, lacerated, crushed or amputated. The three other reports of injury involved bruising after a chair detached suddenly and a child struck the table or floor.
Affected metoo chairs were sold by Buy Buy Baby, Target, Toys R Us and their online sites; philandteds.com; Amazon.com; other online retailers; and a variety of independent juvenile specialty stores from May 2006 to May 2011. The phil&teds website lists a Canadian distributor and the company does ship products to Canada.
Corrective Action:CPSC is urging consumers to stop using the affected metoo chairs at this time in order to prevent the risk of injury to children and contact the company to receive a free repair kit and revised user instructions. Consumers who previously received a repair kit with only rubber boots should also stop using the chair and contact the company for the new repair kit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact phil&teds USA at (855) 652-9019 or visit the company's website at www.philandteds.com/support
movie iconWatch this video to see the dangers of some phil&teds metoo chairs (transcript).


HSW Comment: At the time of posting this Event, Health Canada had not issued any information about this recall. Because the recalled items may have been sold in Canada, we elected to post this information prior to any official notice from Health Canada.  If additional information becomes available, we will update this Event.  JA

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