|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2011
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (855) 652-9019
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Table-Top Clip-on Chair Recalled by phil&teds USA Due to Fall and Amputation Hazards
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: "metoo" Clip-on Chair
Units: 54,000 (these were the subject of a product safety alert issued May 6, 2011)
Importer: phil&teds USA Inc, of Fort Collins, Co.
Hazard: 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.
Incidents/Injuries: 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.
Description: 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.
Sold through: 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 for between $40 and $50.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product 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
Chairs included in this recall do not have black plastic spacers between the cross bar and clamps
Chairs not included in this recall have black plastic spacers between the cross bar and clamps
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