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phil&teds “metoo” Chairs: A Recall and a Remedy

Remember those phil&teds metoo clip-on chairs that we told you about in May? Phil&teds is now recalling the chairs and providing you with a remedy.

Phil&teds and CPSC have received 19 reports of the chairs falling off a variety of different table surfaces, resulting in five injuries. Two reports of injuries involved children’s fingers being severely pinched, lacerated, crushed or amputated. Three other reports involved bruising injuries that occurred when a child struck the table or floor after the chair suddenly detached.

Here’s what happens:

Chairs can detach from a variety of different table surfaces because of missing or worn clamp pads. When one side of the chair detaches and falls, children’s fingers can get caught between the front bar and the clamping mechanism. Here’s what the problem looks like:

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User instructions for the chairs are inadequate, too, and can increase the likelihood of consumer misuse.

Stop using the chairs immediately and call the company toll-free at (877) 432-1641 or visit the company’s website at: www.philandteds.com/support to receive a free new repair kit. The new kit includes new rubber clamp pads and rubber boots and plastic spacers, plus tools and instructions for installing the new pieces onto the chair. The repair kit also comes with revised instructions on how to use the chair correctly. All consumers who have these chairs should get revised instructions from the website.

Even if you previously received a repair kit from phil&teds with only rubber boots, you should stop using the chair and get the NEW repair kit. The old kit you received from the company does not include all of the parts necessary to prevent the fall and amputation hazards.

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