Category Archives: Baby equipment

phil&teds USA recalls metoo clip-on chairs, finally

Stop using dangerous phil&teds metoo clip-on chairs

Stop using dangerous phil&teds metoo clip-on chairs

Well, it took three months for phil&teds USA to get on board with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and admit their product is unsafe, but they finally did it!

On May 15, 2011, the US CPSC urged phil&teds USA to recall their metoo clip-on chairs because of fall and amputation hazards, but the company refused to do so, only addressing the issue by making a “repair” kit available the US CPSC deemed unacceptable.  Yesterday phil&teds USA admitted the product is unsafe and consumers should be allowed to return it for a refund.

It had to take all 19 reports of the chairs falling from tables, including five reports with injuries, for the company to react. Two reports of injuries involved children’s fingers being severely pinched, lacerated, crushed or amputated. The three other reports involved bruising after a chair detached suddenly and a child struck the table or floor.

This really makes you wonder whose best interest phil&teds USA has in mind – their consumers or their corporate greed… A flagrant example of a company who makes baby and children’s products but doesn’t believe in safety first, even when they screw up. Knowing how they address safety issues, I wouldn’t recommend this brand of products to any parent, especially when you realize how expensive most of their products are. Shame on you, phil&teds USA.

Visit the US CPSC website for the complete announcement of the phil&teds USA recall and pass it along to your friends, for their children’s safety.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urges consumers to stop using phil&teds metoo clip-on chairs

Stop using dangerous phil&teds metoo clip-on chairs

Stop using dangerous phil&teds metoo clip-on chairs

If you own a phil&teds metoo clip-on chair or know someone who does, please read this news carefully. What’s terrifying about this announcement is that it’s not an “official” recall. Why? Because phil&teds USA, the baby gear company, hasn’t agreed to a recall with terms acceptable to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Instead of simply recalling the defective and dangerous chairs, phil&teds decided to provide parents a repair kit. Unfortunately the US CPSC doesn’t find this kit acceptable at avoiding accidents. So the US CPSC is doing its best to protect consumers by urging parents to stop using the chairs all together.

What’s wrong with the phil&teds metoo clip-on chairs?  The best way to understand the dangers this product can cause to a child is to watch the US CPSC’s video about the phil&teds metoo clip-on chairs. Babies/children can get injured for a number of reasons:

  • The confusing installation instructions, which may cause the problems below
  • The chair can detach from the table, causing the baby/child to fall down on the floor
  • If one side of the chair detaches, the seat can tilt and trap the baby/child’s fingers in the hinge, crushing or possibly amputating those fingers

With so many parents using baby gear and relying on baby gear manufacturers to keep their children safe, it’s hard to believe a company would avoid a costly (but safe) recall. Phil&teds doesn’t seem to mind. Maybe it’s because they’ve already spent enough money on the phil&teds stroller recall a few months ago and they can’t afford to lose more money. The phil&teds stroller recall involved amputated fingers also – go figure.

I’m glad my kids are growing out of the little baby gear but this makes me wonder whose best interest is at heart – ours and our kids, or a company’s bottom line. This is putting a lot of pressure on parents to keep their babies and children safe. Who needs the additional burden of unsafe baby gear?

Please spread the word and let your friends know about this announcement.The US CSPC’s safety notice about the phil&teds metoo clip-on chairs, including which models are affected, is available on the agency’s website.

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B.O.B. single and double strollers recalled due to strangulation hazard

Overall the quality of B.O.B. strollers is excellent and you’ll see the recall below is easily fixable. But if you or someone you know owns a B.O.B. stroller, you’ll want to take care of this before you take your kids out on their next ride.

Name of Product: B.O.B.® single and double strollers
Units: About 337,000 in the US and 20,000 in Canada
Hazard: A drawstring on the stroller can get wrapped around a child’s neck, posing a strangulation hazard.
Injuries/Incidents: There has been one report of an 11-month-old girl who got entangled at the neck by the stroller’s drawstring. The child was freed by her mother.
Description: This recall involves 11 models of B.O.B. single and double strollers. All of the recalled strollers have a yellow/orange drawstring at the rear of the canopy which is used to gather loose fabric when the canopy is pulled back.

Read the full recall notice for B.O.B. strollers on the U.S.C.P.S.C. website, including the serial numbers being recalled.

B.O.B. single and double strollers recalled due to strangulation hazard

B.O.B. single and double strollers recalled due to strangulation hazard

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Save 25% on Britax car seats and 10% on Graco strollers at Amazon

If you or someone you know is in the market for a car seat or a stroller, Amazon is having some greats deals on Britax car seats and Graco strollers for a limited-time. And with free shipping on those products, it’s a win-win situation! Feel free to pass this post along to parents who may benefit from the savings.

Britax Marathon convertible car seat

Britax Marathon convertible car seat

1) 25% off on select models of Britax convertible car seats and car boosters including:

I can’t recommend the Britax convertible car seats enough. We’ve owned two of them for 3 and 4 years respectively, and they still look like new. Our models were made in the USA and have done well with our kids growing into them. My oldest is 4 & 1/2 and he still uses his Britax Roundabout, even though he’s getting on the tall side. He’s not 40 pounds yet and I feel he’ll be safer if I can keep him in that seat for a little longer. However, I’m definitely taking advantage of this sale to buy both kids their booster seats ahead of time.

Graco Quattro stroller

Graco Quattro stroller

2) 10% off or more select models of Graco stollers and car seats, including:

Graco Literider stroller
Graco Quattro Tour stroller
Graco Spree travel system
Graco Alano Flip It travel system
Graco Mosaic stroller
Graco Metrolite stroller
Graco Snugride infant car seat

We bought a Graco travel system for our first child and got to use also it for our second. When I sold it to a resale store, they were impressed with the great condition the stroller was in. I’m impressed too, because we used and abused that stroller almost every day for about 4 years, without any breakage or rip.

Unlike some of the baby gear I’ve recommended parents do research on before spending precious dollars, in my case I can say that both my Britax and Graco purchases have been worth every penny. Do you agree? What are some of your favorite brands of car seats and strollers, and why?

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