Children’s highchairs, inflatable pool toys among latest safety recalls

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by Eric Pearson

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced several safety-related recalls this month for products used by young children. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Graco Recalls Classic Wood Highchairs Due to Fall Hazard

About 90,000 Graco Classic Wood Highchairs in the United States and Canada are being recalled because the high chair’s seat can loosen or detach from the base, posing a fall hazard to the child. Graco has received 58 reports of the high chairs’ seats loosening or detaching from the base. There have been nine reports of children falling as the seat detached from the base, resulting in reports of bumps, bruises and scratches. Graco has received one report of a concussion in Canada.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled high chairs and contact Graco for a free repair kit. For additional information, contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and, or visit the firm’s website at www.gracobaby.com

Aqua-Leisure Agrees to $650,000 Civil Penalty for Failure to Report Defective Baby Boats

Aqua-Leisure Industries, Inc., of Avon, Mass., has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $650,000 as part of a settlement agreement resolving CPSC allegations that Aqua-Leisure knowingly failed to report a defect involving its inflatable baby boats as required by federal law. The leg strap in the seat of baby boats manufactured from August 2002 to July 2008 can tear, causing children to unexpectedly fall into or under the water, posing a risk of drowning.

In 2001, Aqua-Leisure and CPSC conducted a recall of 90,000 “Sun Smart” inflatable baby boats after receiving 12 reports of the seats tearing and causing children to fall into the water. Four children became completely submerged before a caregiver was able to reach them.

According to CPSC, after the 2001 recall, Aqua-Leisure continued to produce different versions of the inflatable baby boats, which also became the subject of consumer complaints. Between July 2003 and July 2006, Aqua-Leisure became aware of 17 incidents involving inflatable baby boats sold after the 2001 recall in which the seats “fell out,” “ripped,” “failed,” “tore,” “split” or “separated,” including four incidents in which a baby boat seat ripped, causing children to fall into the water unexpectedly. By October 31, 2008, Aqua-Leisure was aware of at least 24 consumer complaints regarding several models of inflatable baby boats since the 2001 recall but did not adequately inform the CPSC until May 2009.

Aqua-Leisure and CPSC announced a recall of 4 million inflatable baby boats on July 2, 2009. By the date of the recall, there were 31 reports of the boat seats tearing, causing children to fall into or under the water. No injuries were reported.

Trend Lab Recalls Children’s Upholstered Chairs Due to Laceration and Choking Hazards

Trend Lab LLC is recalling certain children’s upholstered toddler chairs because staples in the binding on the back of the chair may come loose, posing a laceration or choking hazard if swallowed.

The recalled children’s upholstered toddler chairs in Club style and Mod style are 24” wide by 18” tall by 17” deep. The Club style chairs come in three fabrics and colors: 1) suede in brown, pink, avocado green, red and turquoise blue; 2) velour in blue, green, pink and red; and 3) print fabric in chocolate dot on pink or blue. The Mod style chairs come in dark pink or zebra printed velour in chocolate on blue or pink; or on printed fabric of chocolate stripes on pink or blue. The Trend Lab name is on a label attached on the bottom of the chair with date codes TL1007C through TL0812C, which are read as TL two-digit month and two-digit year followed by C. These date codes include 10/07 thru 08/12 or October 2007 thru August 2012 production. All chairs were sold with matching ottomans, which are not part of the recall. New chairs with “Remedy 2012” stamped in ink on the bottom side of the chair are not subject to this recall.

Consumers should immediately take the chair away from children and inspect the binding. Contact the firm for a repair kit with instructions. Call Trend Lab toll-free at (866) 814-7978 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, email Recall@trend-lab.com, or website www.trend-lab.com and link to Recall Information.

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