54,000 “metoo” clip-on chairs by phil&teds were recalled because “missing or worn clamp pads allow the chairs to detach from a variety of different table surfaces, posing a fall hazard.” When the chair does detach, children’s fingers can be caught between the bar and clamping mechanism, potentially posing an amputation hazard. So far there have been at least 19 reports of the chairs falling, with at least 5 reports of injuries.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a previous safety alert about the chairs in May, because the company “refused to agree to a national recall of their hazardous product that is acceptable to CPSC.”
The recalled chairs were made in China and sold through Target, Toys R Us, Amazon.com and various other retailers from May 2006 to May 2011 for between $40 and $50.
Consumers who have one of the recalled seats should stop using it 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