Graco Children’s Products Inc. and the US Consumer Product Safety
Commission are recalling 1.2 million Graco Harmony™ High Chairs
because they pose a fall hazard to kids. The children’s products
manufacturer has received 464 reports of screws and/or brackets loosening
and/or coming out of the chairs’ rear legs. This product defect
has resulted in at least 24 injuries, including head bruises, bruises,
scratches, bumps, and cuts, as well as a hairline fracture to the arm.
The loose bracket or screw can cause the high chair to become unstable
and tip over.
All Harmony™ High Chairs are included in the recall. The chairs were made between November 2003 and December 2009. They are no longer being manufactured.
Consumers should stop using the Harmony™ High Chair right away. You can get a free repair kit from Graco. The recalled product, which includes over 65 models, was sold at retailers throughout the US, including Toys “R” Us, Babies “R” us, Target, Walmart, Sears, Burlington Coat Factory, and USA Baby.
This is not the first time Graco has had to recall defective high chairs. In 2007, the manufacturer recalled 100,000 high chairs because they were at risk if collapsing if they weren’t correctly opened and locked into place.
Graco is not the only major manufacturer that has recalled high chairs over defects. Last year, Fisher-Price recalled its “3-in-1″ High Chair because the seat back was at risk of detaching, posing a possible fall hazard. Also last year, the CPSC recalled 90,000 Majestic ™ High Chairs (after already recalling 90,000 high chairs in 2008) and 643,000 Evenflo Envision™ High Chairs because they posed fall and choking hazards to kids.
It can be devastating to find out that your child was hurt or died because a trusted manufacturer designed a furniture, toy, or other kids’ product that was defective. You take such good care of your child that you can’t help but expect the makers of kids’ products to do the same.
Graco recalls 1.2 million high chairs after babies injured, Triangle Business Journal, March 18, 2010
Graco Recalls Harmony™ High Chairs Due to Fall Hazard, CPSC.gov, March 18, 2010
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US Consumer Product Safety Commission
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