The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the voluntary recall of 54,000 “Metoo” Clip-on Chairs by Colorado-based Phil & Teds USA Inc. due to reports of fall and amputation injuries. There have been 19 reports of the chair falling from a variety of table surfaces, including 5 reported injuries. An additional three reports documented bruising injuries and two more documented children’s fingers being severely pinched, crushed, lacerated, or amputated.
These injury hazards are caused by missing or worn clamp pads which can cause the chairs to detach from the table inadvertently. Furthermore, children’s fingers can be caught between the clamping mechanism and cross bar, posing an amputation hazard. The user instructions are also considered inadequate.
The recalled product is a metal-framed infant/toddler chair with a nylon fabric seat. It clamps onto the table edge using two metal vise clamps. The upper part of the clamp sits on the table surface. The underside has a rubber pad or a rubber boot covering the clamp. The affected table-top chairs were sold in black, red or navy and do NOT have black plastic spacers between the clamps and the cross bar. The chairs were sold through Buy Buy Baby, Target, Toys R Us, online sites including Amazon.com and philandteds.com, and other independent children’s stores from May 2006 to May 2011 for between $40 and $50.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled “Metoo” chairs and contact the company for a free repair kit and new user instructions. Consumers who received a repair kit with only rubber boots should do the same.
As experienced product liability attorneys in Georgia, we have seen firsthand what harm can be caused by negligent manufacturing. If you or a loved one has been injured by an unsafe product in Georgia, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses. Contact our lawyers at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., today to learn more about your legal rights and options at 404-995-3955, or toll-free at 866-249-5513.