Monday, 22 March 2010

CPSC Announces Recall of 1.2 Million Graco High Chairs for Falls, Injuries

The Consumer Product Safety Commission this week announced a recall of 1.2 million Graco highchairs because of the risk of fall hazards to little children. The recall is the latest in a series involving children’s products that have caused great concern to injury lawyers in Las Vegas and parents.

According to the CPSC, the problem is linked to loose screws in the front legs of the highchairs that can become loose or fall off, causing the chair to tip over and the child to fall. Parents are being advised to discontinue use of these highchairs, and to contact Graco for free repair kits. So far there have been 24 reports of injuries to little children after they fell off these chairs. These injuries included bumps and bruises, hairline fractures, cuts, lacerations and scratches. Overall, the CPSC has received 464 reports of incidents where the screws became loose or fell out.

This highchair recall comes barely 2 months after Graco initiated a massive recall of 1.5 million strollers in January this year. That recall was linked to the risk of fingertip amputations in little children. It also comes as more children’s product recalls anger parents and Nevada defective stroller lawyers.

Apart from the Toyota recalls that have grabbed so much attention, children's product recalls have also been substantial in size these past few months. But when there are defects in these products, it is a special cause for concern because children are at a much higher risk for injuries.

The Graco highchair recall and stroller recalls followed massive defective crib recalls that began last year. Most of these crib recalls have been traced to drop side cribs. Nevada injury lawyers and child safety experts have pointed out to a basic flaw in the design of these drop side cribs that seems to enhance the risk of suffocation for little children. CPSC chief Inez Tenenbaum has taken note of these concerns, and has promised that her agency will work on a stronger set of standards for crib design. She has also promised stronger action against manufacturers of defective children's products, and crackdowns on unsavory practices by companies that attempt to slander the parents of children who have been killed by defective products.

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