The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers to immediately stop using some phil&teds “metoo” clip-on table chairs. The CPSC has issued the warning for numerous reasons related to serious fall and amputation hazards to children placed in them.
The infant/toddler chair has a nylon fabric seat and a metal frame that clamps onto tables using vise clamps.
Each clamp rests on the tabletop and features either a rubber boot covering it or a rubber clamp pad on its underside. The affected metoo chairs may detach from the table and fall with the child in it, causing the child to suffer impact and head injuries. CPSC staff also determined that there is a lack of adequate space between the metal bar at the front of the chair and the clamps that hold the chair to the table; when the chair detaches, this may cause children’s fingers to be severely pinched, lacerated, crushed or amputated as demonstrated in the video below.
The CPSC also states that the product packaging and instructions provide conflicting information regarding how to correctly use the chair.
To date, phil&teds has refused to agree to a national recall of the product that is acceptable to CPSC. phil&teds has offered a repair kit that the CPSC has not approved, “despite the firm’s prior statement that it was conducting a recall ‘in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.'”
The chairs affected by the safety warning sell for around $50, and have been distributed since May 2006 through philandteds.com, Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Target, Toys R Us, other online retailers and a variety of independent children’s stores.
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(L) Metoo chair with rubber clamp pads on the undersides of the metal clamps and (R) metoo chair with rubber boots covering the tops of the metal clamps.