Evenflo Recalls Nearly 100K High ChairsDec 31, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
EvenFlo is recalling about 95,000 Majestic™ High Chairs. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced the recall citing fall and choking hazards to children.
The Evenflo Company of Miamisburg, Ohio is recalling the nearly 100,000 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 and 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. Justice News Flash notes that in addition to causing injuries, the detached plastic and metal pieces have also reportedly been found in toddlers hands posing a choking hazard.
To date, said the CPSC, 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.
The recall involves Evenflo Majestic™ high chairs manufactured in China 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.
This is not the first time EvenFlo has been involved in a massive recall. Earlier this year, Evenflo recalled one million of its Discovery Infant Car Seats after tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that the Discovery Infant Seat could potentially become separated from its base in high impact side collisions. Last year, 450,000 Evenflo Embrace Infant car seat/carriers—manufactured in the United States and China—were recalled due to malfunctioning handles.
In that case, Evenflo received 679 reports of handles unexpectedly releasing and 160 injuries to children including a skull fracture, two concussions, cuts, scrapes, and bruises. This is also not the first time high chairs made in China have been involved in recalls over potential injuries. Last year, Graco Children’s Products Inc. announced the recall of 100,000 highchairs because they could collapse if not fully opened and locked into place from the storage position. In that case, Graco received 18 reports of the chair collapsing and one report of a baby being injured.