Thursday, March 18, 2010

More High Chairs Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

Harmony™ High Chairs by Graco Children's Products Inc. have been recalled due to fall hazard. The screws holding the front legs of the high chair can loosen and fall out and/or the plastic bracket on the rear legs can crack causing the high chair to become unstable and tip over unexpectedly. Graco has received 464 reports of screws loosening/falling out and/or plastic brackets cracking causing the high chair to tip over unexpectedly. These tip-over's resulted in 24 reports of injuries including bumps and bruises to the head, a hairline fracture to the arm, and cuts, bumps, bruises and scratches to the body.

This report follows previous incidents of high chair recalls in 2009 including Fisher Price 3-in-1 High Chairs, Evenflo Majestic™ High Chairs, and Evenflo Envision™ High Chairs, each due to fall and choking hazards caused by hardware problems. It appears the industry needs to consider a stronger standard that addresses hardware failures in high chairs -- similar to the work currently going on to improve crib safety.

For this reason, we ask consumers to continue to learn about children product safety and to check their products for recalls at Consumers should immediately stop using Graco Harmony™ High Chairs and contact Graco to receive a free repair kit. In addition, if you have had similar problems with these or other high chairs, please report that to CPSC.

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