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Small children injured by defective tabletop chair

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports the recall of tens of thousands of tabletop feeding chairs due to a risk that the chair, and potentially the infant inside it can fall to the floor. The defective product can unexpectedly become unattached from the table.

The dangerous chairs have already resulted in several injuries including bruises and cuts as well as reports of children's fingers being crushed. The Commission and the company have received 19 reports of the chairs falling off of tables.

The CPSC says that the chairs can cause serious injuries and that parents should stop using the chairs until they are repaired. The CPSC had previously issued a warning regarding the chairs, but at that time the company would not agree to a national recall of the chairs. The company that manufactures the chairs is now providing a repair kit that is supposed to render the chairs safe for use. The kit includes rubber grips for the clips that hold the chair on the tabletop. This is intended to better secure the chair. The kit also includes a plastic spacer that is supposed to reduce finger injuries in the case of failure.

Parents rely on manufacturers and regulators to ensure that the products they purchase will be safe for their children. Unfortunately, in some instances a defect in the design or manufacture of the product makes the product extraordinarily dangerous. It is good that there is a recall procedure in place to remove dangerous products from store shelves and people's homes. Too often though, this is a reactive process that does not kick in until children have already been injured.

Source: Bloomberg Business Week "Kids' tabletop chairs recalled" JENNIFER C. KERR, Aug. 17, 2011

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