High Chair Recall Highlights Safety, Proper Use

A recent Graco high chair recall is highlighting the importance of safety and proper use of high chairs.  If you have an infant or toddler, a high chair is likely an important part of your household.  Learn more about the recall, see if you are impacted, and find out more about how to keep your child safe while using a high chair.

Graco High Chair Recall Details

On March 1, 2018, Graco initiated a recall of more than 36,000 Table2Table 6-in-1 high chairs sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores.  The Table2Table high chair is a convertible model that can be converted from a traditional high chair to a booster seat, then to a toddler seat and accompanying table.

Graco high chair recall

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the rear legs of the high chair can pivot out of normal position, causing instability making the chair collapse or fall over.  At the time of the high chair recall, the company reportedly received 38 reports of malfunctions causing the chair to collapse.  Five children have reportedly been injured due to the defect.

The recalled high chairs were sold at Wal-Mart stores between October 2016 and December 2017.  The affected high chairs have a model number of 1969721.  At least 36,000 chairs were sold in the United States, and another 3,200 were sold in Canada.  The recall affects all products sold in both locations.

Graco has apologized to consumers for the defect, and is offering a free repair kit for families affected by the recall.  Consumers who have the Table2Table product are urged to stop using the chair immediately and contact Graco to find out more about how to obtain the repair kit.

If you have questions about defective products and how to protect your legal rights, contact Birth Injury Guide to learn more.

How to Keep Your Kids Safe in a High Chair

Like any manufactured product, high chairs can be dangerous if they are defective, are not used properly, or if the model selected is not appropriate for your child.  So, how can you know which models are safe or appropriate? Consider the following tips from the Good Housekeeping Institute:

Safety Features:

  • Choose a model with a wide base for added stability.
  • Look for models equipped with a waist and crotch strap, or a waist strap and a post to prevent your child from slipping under the tray.
  • If you are considering a folding high chair, look for models equipped with a locking mechanism to ensure the chair doesn’t fold up during use.

Selection and Use:

  • Make sure the model high chair you are using is appropriate for your child’s weight. If your child has surpassed the weight limit, it’s time to replace the chair.
  • Keep high chairs pulled away from walls, counters, or tables, as children can push against these surfaces causing the chair to flip.
  • Make sure that locking mechanisms on the chair or tray are properly secured prior to each use.
  • When purchasing a new high chair, consider purchasing a model that is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA).

Because manufactured products are often subject to review, complaints, and recalls, it is also a good idea to check if a product you are considering purchasing has been subject to any recalls or consumer complaints.  You can also monitor the CPSC and other websites to stay in touch with what products are under a recall or consumer warning.

Protect Your Rights as a Consumer

As a consumer, you put your trust in the products you purchase to perform as they are advertised.  Unfortunately, sometimes products are defective or dangerous due to manufacturing error or negligence in the manufacturing process. 

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The three most common types of product defect include:

  • Defects in manufacturing
  • Defects in Design
  • Defects in warnings or labels

When manufacturers are alerted that a product is defective, they have a responsibility of warning consumers, such as initiating a recall or a consumer alert.  An unfortunate reality is that by the time manufacturers are aware of a defective or dangerous product, harm most often has already occurred. In the case of high chairs and other products designed for children, the impact of defects is devastating.

If you have a product that is recalled, immediately stop using the product. If someone has a product related injury, get medical attention right away. Document what happened and what product was being used when the injury occurred. Keep copies of all medical records related to the injury.

Get Legal Help

For consumers who have been injured, it is important to understand your legal rights and take action.  Depending on your situation and the harm you or a loved one suffered, you may have legal recourse, which can provide financial compensation for your injuries and losses.  The two primary avenues for legal remedy in defective product cases include:

  • Negligence: You may be able to recover damages if you can prove that a manufacturer, retailer, or other applicable party was negligent and breached their duty of care owed to consumers. If it can be proven that this breach caused harm, then you may have a products liability claim, and may be able to recover monetary awards.
  • Strict Liability: Manufacturers have what is called “strict liability”, meaning that they are directly liable for defects that occur during the manufacturing process. In these cases, you do not have to prove negligence occurred so long as the injury was directly caused by a manufacturing defect.

Determining what legal factors apply to your situation can be difficult, and is best done with the guidance of a skilled attorney.  Contact Birth Injury Guide today to learn more about this high chair recall and protecting your legal rights as a consumer.  Fill out our online form to get started.

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Meagan Cline

Written By Meagan Cline

Meagan Cline is a professional legal researcher and writer. She lends her expertise to the team at Birth Injury Guide to provide up-to-date and relevant content that clients can count on.