January 13, 1997

Release # 97-056

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Playskool of Pawtucket, R.I., is offering free replacement restraint bars for about 287,000 of its 1-2-3 High Chairs. The restraint bar can crack or break off, which may allow a child who is not secured with the high chair's seat belt to fall from the chair and be injured.

Playskool has received hundreds of complaints of cracking and breaking restraint bars and 40 reports of injuries to children falling from the high chairs. Injuries primarily involve bumps and bruises; one child sustained a broken collarbone.

The plastic restraint bar of the 1-2-3 High Chair is located at the center of the front of the seat. The high chair's tray attaches to the restraint bar. Only restraint bars on Playskool 1-2-3 High Chairs made between May 1995 and May 1996 require replacement. These high chairs have serial numbers between TX51321 and TX61442. The serial number is on a label on the back of the seat of the high chair.
High Chair Restraint Bar and Serial Nos
The Playskool 1-2-3 High Chair was available nationwide at discount juvenile product and department stores for about $65.

As replacement components are no longer available, Playskool is offering consumers $15.00 compensation if they still own this high chair with the affected restraint bar. Call Playskool at 1-800-752-9755 or write to the company at PO Box 200, Pawtucket, RI 02862-0200. Consumers should not return the high chairs to retailers, but rather should discard or destroy it.

CPSC and Playskool remind consumers that seat belts should always be fastened whenever a child is in any high chair.