The makers of a Bistro high chair for toddlers has issued a recall on the product because it poses a strangulation hazard to children.
According to a safety recall notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Dream On Me Inc., of South Plainfield, N.J., the front openings between the tray and seat bottom and on the side openings of the high chair between the armrest and the seat bottom are large enough to allow a child’s body to pass through them and potentially trap a child at the neck.
There have been no injuries reported to prompt this action from regulators and Dream On Me but testing conducted on these products found they violate safety standards and pose a strangulation risk to small children who sit in these chairs. Also, the exposed springs between the seat and armrest on either side of the chair pose a pinch hazard that could result in painful injuries.
The safety recall statement posted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission describes the recalled Bistro high chairs as:
Model/style number “255” which is printed on a tag attached to the back of the seat. The high chair was sold in blue or pink. The fabric on the seat has a polka-dot design and “Dream On Me” is printed on a label attached to the front of the white tray. The recalled high chair was manufactured in July 2011 and has a date code printed on a label on the back of the chair.
The recall includes 90 products in all. These chairs were sold at Americas Kids, Kid Pro USA and other independent children’s stores across the country from November 2011 through last month. They were also available for sale online at ToysRUs.com. The Bistro high chairs sold for about $75.
Every year, thousands of products like this, designed for small children, are subject to manufacturer or regulatory recall actions because they violate safety standards designed to protect children from serious injuries or death. Many of the products, ironically, are designed with a mind of keeping children safer.