As specialized furniture, high chairs allow parents to spoon-feed their toddlers easily. They’re also built to secure babies and keep them from falling over.
But one high chair product is failing at that last part. TOMY International has issued a recall for more than 85,000 high chairs after reports that defects in their construction led to fall injuries.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) declared TOMY’s Boon Flair and Flair Elite Highchairs safety hazards after it had received 34 reports of the chairs separating from their bases. Of those reports, 24 falls resulted in 11 injuries to the toddlers. CPSC also explained that the bolts used to secure the seats to the pedestal base can become loose over time, raising the risk of falls.
TOMY International’s recall affects all Boon Flair and Flair Elite Highchairs produced before September 2016. The company is recalling 83,000 high cars sold in the U.S. and another 2,850 sold in Canada.
Possible baby injuries from high chair falls
While high chairs aren’t too high off the ground, a baby falling off one can still suffer severe injuries. A baby’s head or face is at high risk of injury from falling. Apart from closed head injuries and abrasions, toddlers could also suffer lacerations and fractures in other parts of their body.
What to do if a high chair falls apart and causes baby injuries?
If a high chair suddenly falls apart and leads to injuries for a toddler, a parent should immediately seek medical treatment for their child.
Afterward, parents should consider filing a product liability lawsuit to seek damages. Apart from the manufacturer, parents can also sue the following entities for their part in the defective product:
- Manufacturers responsible for individual parts in the product
- The company responsible for assembling the product
Nothing is more unconscionable than injuring a toddler. Parents shouldn’t hesitate to bring a lawsuit against a defective baby product manufacturer. They should also consider working with legal counsel to build their product liability case better.