Parents in California and across the nation were alarmed when Graco Children's Products Inc. recalled about 86,000 high chairs in the United States and 3,400 in Canada this month.
According to reports, the company had been receiving complaints recently about the seat loosening or detaching from the base of the chair. The company reported that they had received 58 cases so far, nine of which resulted in the child receiving injury after falling from the chair. In Canada, a parent had even reported that their child suffered a concussion because of this product defect.
The company at this time is recalling all Graco Classic Wood High chairs that were sold at Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Walmart, as well as online retailers between September 2007 and December 2010. The manufacturer warns that these are not the only retailers the chair was sold to and that parents should inspect their chair to see if they have in fact purchased one of the unsafe products. They also warn that the chair was sold in three wood finishes, all of which have the potential for the seat to detach from the chair's legs.
Parents fearing that they have purchased one of the recalled chairs are urged to return the chair immediately.
Stories such as this are particularly disturbing because we know that these products are designed to keep our children safe, but instead are posing more of a risk. It is important to remember that manufacturers may be held responsible for defective or dangerous products, especially if they result in injury or death.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Graco Classic Wood High Chairs Recalled After Reports of Seats Detaching," The Associated Press, Oct. 9, 2012