About 54,000 “Metoo” table-top clip-on chairs by Phil&teds USA have been recalled following reports that the chairs may fall or cause children to suffer cuts, crushed hands or amputated fingers.
The CPSC and phil&teds have received at least 19 reports of the chairs falling off different table surfaces, resulting in five reported injuries. In two cases, the childrens’ fingers were crushed, lacerated, pinched or amputated. In three other cases the children were injured by the fall to the floor.
The metoo clip-on chairs are infant and toddler chairs that clamp onto tables with two vice clamps. The CPSC says that the clamps will detach from a variety of surfaces. The chairs may also detach if the child moves around or pushes off of other things with his or her feet.
If the chair detaches and falls, a child may suffer serious impact and head injuries. Children can also get their fingers between the metal bar at the front of the chair and clamps.
When the product safety alert was issued in May, the CPSC reported that phil&teds refused to cooperate with a national recall of the chairs that was acceptable to federal regulators. The recall issued on Wednesday was done in conjunction with the company.
The recall affects all phil&teds Metoo Clip-on Chairs except those that have black plastic spacers between the cross bar and the clamps. The chairs have been sold through philandteds.com, Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Toys R Us and other juvenile stores and online retailers since May 2006 for about $50.
The CPSC recommends that consumers with the affected chairs should stop using them immediately and contact the company for a free repair kit and revised instructions. Consumers who received a pair of rubber boots from the company as a repair kit should also stop using the chair and contact the company for the new repair kit, the CPSC instructed. Consumers with questions should contact phil&teds USA at (855)652-9019 or visit the company’s website at www.philandteds.com/support.