phil&teds USA Table-Top “metoo” Clip-on Chair Recalled Due to Fall & Amputation Hazards
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and phil&teds issued a recall on 54,000 “metoo” Clip-on Chairs (the very same chairs that were subject to a product safety alert originally issued in May 2011).
The reason for this recall? 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.
So far, 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.
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.
These chairs were sold at Buy Buy Baby, Target, Toys R Us, 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.
If you own a ‘metoo’ it is advised that you stop using the chair immediately 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.
For additional information, contact phil&teds USA at (855) 652-9019 or visit the company’s website at www.philandteds.com/support.