CPSC Recalls Graco Harmony High Chair Due to Safety
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall over 1 million Graco Harmony High Chairs because the pose a fall hazard to children. The agency has received 464 reports resulting in 24 injuries of children.
Graco Children’s Products Inc of Atlanta GA is cooperating fully with the recall that includes model numbers of chairs manufactured between November 2003 and December 2009. Approximately 1.2 million were distributed in the U.S. and 35,000 in Canada. The high chair is no longer in production.
Graco has received 464 reports of the screws holding the front legs of the high chair loosening and falling out. The instability of the chair can cause cracking plastic brackets on the rear legs that can cause the high chair to tip over unexpectedly.
Of the reports, 24 have resulted in mostly minor injuries, including bumps, bruises, cuts and scratches to the head and body. The most serious was a hairline fracture of the arm.
Consumers should stop using the product immediately and contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 or online at GracoBaby.com to receive a free repair kit.
The chair retailed for $70 to $120 and model numbers affected include:
3920BAN, 3920BAN2, 3920BEB, 3920BEBB, 3920COV, 3920DOH, 3920GEI, 3920GEIDSP, 3920GRN, 3920HMP, 3920IVY, 3920LAU, 3920PKR, 3930DDH, 3930DHO, 3935CAL, 3935OXB, 3935PKR, 3935PKRDSP, 3935SPM, 3935SPMDSP, 3935THR, 3935THR2, 3935THR3, 3940BIA, 3940BIADSP, 3940CAP, 3940CLE, 3940COT, 3940DRM, 3940HML, 3940MCH, 3940NGS, 3940SAV, 3940SLT, 3940SPT, 3940STA, 3940UNN, 3951CLO, 3951CLT, 3951COT, 3951ORC, 3951WLO, 3955WSR, 3960BGN, 3960CJG, 3960CNP, 3960GGG, 3980CNR, 3E00ABB, 3E00BAT, 3E00DCF, 3E00DCFDSP, 3E00DGP, 3E00DGPDSP, 3E00GPK, 3E01BDS, 3E01BDSCA, 3E01DNY, 3E01DNY1, 3E01ELP, 3E01ELPDSP, 1752404, 1755859, 1755860, 1757259, 1757412, 1760429
Note: The affected model numbers above may begin with the letter A, B, C, or D.
Each year, thousands of children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with high chairs. The majority of the injuries are from misuse of the chair. The Consumer Product Safety Commission offers the following advice in their booklet The Safe Nursery:
If you are buying a new high chair
• Select one that has a wide base for stability.
• Examine the restraining straps to ensure that the waist belt has a buckle that cannot be fastened unless the crotch strap is also used.
• Since the restraining straps must be used every time a child is placed in the chair, look for straps that are easy to use. If the straps are difficult to fasten, you might not use them.
• Consider a high chair that has a post between the child's legs to prevent the child from slipping down and becoming trapped under the tray.
If you already have a high chair or are buying one secondhand
• Check the condition of straps and their attachments to make sure they are securely attached and work properly.
• If the high chair does not have adequate safety straps, contact the manufacturer for replacement.
• Always use all restraining straps provided. The crotch strap and belt around the waist should be fastened as soon as a child is placed in the chair and unfastened only when the child is removed. Remember, the feeding tray is not a restraint. Only safety straps keep the child from climbing out or sliding down and strangling.
• Be sure that the locking device on a folding high chair is locked each time you set up the chair.
• Never allow a child to stand up in a high chair.
• Don't stray too far from the high chair--especially if the child has shown an ability to unfasten safety straps.
• Keep the high chair far enough away from a table, counter, wall, or other surface so that a child can't use them to push off.
• Don't let children play around a high chair or climb into it unassisted.
• Don't let older children hang on to a high chair while a baby is in it. The high chair could tip over.