High chair recalls occur for various reasons, but a primary factor is due to safety concerns. When a high chair has been recalled, it may be as a result of injuries that have occurred. Manufacturer defects are a typical reason for most high chair recalls. High chairs that contain parts that are easily detached may present a choking hazard and become cause for a recall.
One of the most common reasons for high chair recalls is loose parts, such as screws or bolts that can not fasten properly. A screw or bolt that easily becomes loose may pose a high chair safety issue in several ways. Loose parts can cause a high chair to tip over, which could injury a child.
Many high chair recalls take place after incidents have occurred. Some children have reportedly suffered head injuries and broken bones resulting from the collapse of a high chair. After a thorough evaluation and investigation takes place, a high chair recall may be issued. When the product has been recalled, every piece must be removed from store shelves and will no longer be available for purchase.
A child falling out of a high chair with a faulty security feature or design is another cause of high chair recalls. Occasionally, a bracket may be removed or become unsecured, leading to an injury. High chair legs that become unsteady and wobbly is another reason for a recall. Plastic joints that easily crack may be another default that can potentially cause injury.
Some high chairs are made with small parts, such as pegs or attached toys. Toys built in or attached to the high chair sometimes include plastic rings or beads. These accessories can be a potential choking risk. Therefore, any part that can become detached or loosened by a child is generally a reason for a recall.
Defects with the seating may be another reason for high chair recalls. The chair seat may recline involuntarily, presenting a risk for injury. Loose stitching on fabric may cause material to rip, becoming a safety issue as well.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission will generally conduct a series of stringent tests before an item is recalled. Information on high chair recalls within the United States can typically be found on the commission's website. Other countries may have different regulations regarding recalls of products, however.
Consumers are typically offered a refund for any product that has been recalled. Typically, consumers can return a product to the place of purchase, or the manufacturer in some cases. While this may be standard practice, policies may vary according to location.