Safety Fears Over Certain phil&teds USA Highchairs

Consumers Urged To Stop Using phil&teds USA Clip-on Chairs
Consumers Urged To Stop Using phil&teds USA Clip-on Chairs

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned consumers to stop using certain phil&teds USA clip-on highchairs because they could put children at a serious safety risk.

The chairs have been widely sold since May 2006 for about $50 each through Buy Buy Baby, Target, Toys R Us, Amazon.com and other online stores. Called a "metoo" chair, the highchair has a nylon fabric seat and a metal frame that clamps onto tables with two vice clamps and is sold in three colors -- red, black and navy.

The CPSC determined that the clamps can detach from table surfaces, plus the chairs can detach when children move around or use their feet to push against things. The agency also said there isn't enough space between a metal bar at the front of the chair and the clamps -- which could catch a child's fingers, possibly crushing or amputating them. To show consumers what can happen, the CPSC created a video of the chair coming off the table, using a doll in place of a child.