CPSC Asks Parents to Stop Using Phil&Teds “Metoo” Chairs

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging parents to immediately stop using phil&teds “meetoo” clip-on table top chairs due to serious fall and amputation hazards.

It’s an infant/toddler chair that has a nylon seat and a metal frame that attaches to tables using two metal clamps. The upper part of each clamp rests on the table top and has either a rubber clamp pad on its underside or a rubber boot covering it. The recalled “metoo” chairs do not have plastic spacers between the table clamps and the front horizontal metal bar. The clip-on chairs that have plastic spacers are being evaluated. The chair is sold in three colors – red, black and navy.

CPSC determined that when children move around in the chair or use their feet to push against other objects, the chair may detach and cause children to fall posing serious injury including head injury. In addition, inadequate space between the horizontal metal bar at the front of the chair and the clamps can brutally pinch, lacerate, crush or amputate fingers if caught.

Phil&teds has refused to the national recall although it has offered a repair kit that the CPSC has not approved. Tens of thousands of the chairs have been sold since May 2006 for about $50 through philandteds.com, Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Target, Toys R Us, other online retailers and specialty stores.

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  1. by Consumer Product Safety Commission

    On May 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Watch this CPSC video on YouTube to see the dangers: Phil&teds “metoo” Clip-on Chairs Pose Serious Dangers to Children

  2. by susanna

    On May 11, 2011 at 5:16 am

    or watch this video to see p&t’s side of things: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVvuweLRm6A&feature=player_embedded

  3. by Matt

    On July 3, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    If there are any doubts about the potential for harm in this chair please have a look at this photo of my daughter’s finger after an incident with this chair. We informed Phil & Ted about this incident in October 2009 the day after our visit to the emergency room. It is shameful they have not accepted a recall.

    http://s1184.photobucket.com/albums/z322/mhgjunk/

    Note that the pads can fall off easily without the user’s knowledge. Even if tightly clamped the chair can still slide off. The clamp is made of smooth metal with a short handle. There is little room for error with this chair. Add any typical child excited about their peas to this chair and it’s a recipe for serious injury.