CPSC Announces High Chair, Stroller, and Toy RecallsDec 18, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced three recalls: A high chair over fall and choking hazards, a stroller for fall hazards, and a toy in excess of the lead standard. All three products were manufactured in China.
According to the CPSC, the Evenflo Company of Miamisburg, Ohio is recalling about 95,000 Majestic™ High Chairs because the plastic caps and metal screws on both sides of the high chair can loosen and fall out, posing both fall and choking hazards to children. Plastic caps and screws that loosen and fall out can cause the seatback to suddenly fall back or detach from the high chair; children can fall out or collide with objects and suffer broken bones, abrasions, cuts, and bruises and the detached plastic caps and metal screws pose a choking hazard to children.
To date, Evenflo has received 140 reports of seatbacks reclining, falling back, and/or detaching unexpectedly, which resulted in at least 47 reports of bumps and bruises to the head; two reports of broken bones; and at least 45 reports of other injuries including abrasions, cuts, and bruises. Also, Evenflo has received over 1,000 reports of plastic caps and screws falling out of the high chairs, including seven incidents in which caps and screws were found in children’s hands or mouths, but were removed before choking occurred.
The recall involves Evenflo Majestic™ high chairs manufactured before January 23, 2007 with model numbers 3001395A, 3001583, 3001633A, 3001669, 3001700A, 3001713, 3001713A, 3001730A, 3001732, 3001732A, 3001733, 3001742, 3001742A, and 3001756. The model number and production date are on the seatback’s white; “Evenflo” is printed on the label and the push button on the front of the tray. The recalled Evenflo Majestic™ High Chairs were sold at juvenile product and mass merchandise stores nationwide, including Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, and Shopko, and on-line at Walmart.com from January 2006 through May 2007 for $80-$110. The CPSC is warning consumers to immediately stop using the high chairs and contact Evenflo to receive a free repair kit at (800) 233-5921 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s Website at www.majestichighchair.com.
Importer Regal Lager Inc., of Kennesaw, Georgia is recalling 1,600 Phil & Ted’s Dash Buggy Strollers because the stroller’s frame handle could fail to latch properly and break, posing a fall hazard to small children. The Phil & Ted’s Dash Buggy strollers with article #7-1080005 (red) and article #7-10080005 (black) are involved in the recall and have a metal frame with three wheels, a cloth seat, and a canopy. The Phil & Ted’s logo is located on the harness’s crotch piece; the article number is on the safety strap hanging from the handle.
Phil & Ted’s Dash Buggy Strollers were sold in a variety of independent juvenile specialty stores and online from July through September 2008 for $500-$600. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using this stroller immediately and contact the company for a replacement stroller frame. Regal Lager can be reached toll-free at (800) 593-5522 or at its Website at www.regallager.com
Approximately 480 Xtreme Toy Zone “Dinosaur Epoch” Toy Dinosaurs have been recalled due to violation of the lead paint standard. The importer is Xtreme Toy Zone, of Los Angeles, California and the toy dinosaurs were sold at Xtreme Toy Zone’s Website from May through October 2008 for $15-$20. Surface paint on the toy dinosaurs can contain excessive levels of lead.
The recalled “Dinosaur Epoch” Toy Dinosaurs are battery-operated and can move and make sounds. The recall includes the orange-colored “Dinosaur Brachiosaurus” (model #1033) and the green, yellow, and orange-colored “Dinosaur Carnotaurus” (model #1030). The model number is on the toy’s battery cover. Consumers are advised to immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Xtreme Toy Zone for a refund or exchange by calling the firm collect at (213) 237-9983 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or by visiting its Website at www.xtremetoyzone.com.