Kids' Tabletop Feeding Chair Recall: What You Need to Know

phil and ted feeding seatThere are product recalls nearly every day that inconvenience and frustrate consumers, but the most recent recall is really going to mess things up for some parents at mealtime, because it's of a product many of us love and use daily -- a tabletop clip on chair. Specifically, it's the "metoo" chair by Phil and Ted that's been recalled.

I always loved these feeding chairs when my children were small because you could skip a high chair, which is great if space is limited. Plus they're portable, and kids like them because they're part of the "real" table. So it's unfortunate that one of them has been proven unsafe, but unsafe it is. Here's what you need to know about the recall: 

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1. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), missing or worn clamp pads can allow the chair to detach and fall from the surface to which it's clamped. Also children's fingers can be caught in the clamping mechanism leading to fingers being amputated. There have been 19 reports of falls and 2 of severely injured fingers.

2. The products were sold at Buy Buy Baby, Target, Toys R Us and their online sites; PhilandTeds.com; Amazon.com; other online retailers; and a variety of independent juvenile specialty stores from May 2006 to May 2011. The cost was between $40 to $50.

3. The product description according to the CPSC: The product is an infant/toddler chair with a nylon fabric seat and a metal frame that clamps onto tables using two metal vise clamps. The upper part of each clamp rests on the table top and has either a rubber pad on its underside or a rubber boot covering the clamp. The chair is sold in three fabric colors -- red, black, and navy. Chairs subject to this recall do not have black plastic spacers between the cross bar and the clamps.

4. Consumers are urged to stop using the product immediately and contact the company for a repair kit and updated directions at (855) 652-9019 or visit the company's website at www.philandteds.com/support.

In the meantime, I guess it's back to the high chair for many babes.

Do you use one of these feeding seats -- either this brand or another?


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