485,000 Chicco Polly High Chairs Recalled Due to Laceration Hazard

Okay, this recall of almost a half a million Chicco high chairs is from last week. Is it a life or death recall? Nope. It’s kind of a crazy recall because we all know that kids can get hurt on anything. Padded room with nothing in it? Yep, they could fall weird and hit the padding just right. We can’t put kids in a bubble and therefore they will get hurt. On anything! But it is our duty at Baby Gizmo to share the recalls with you. Apparently the CPSC thought this was a big enough deal to recall almost a half million high chairs. I get it. 21 kids got hurt. That’s not cool.

The problem is that Chicco put two pegs on the back of the high chair legs to hold the tray when not in use. The pegs stick out. Kids were crawling or playing around the high chair and were falling against this pegs and getting hurt. Four of the kids needed stitches, glue or tape to close the wounds so it’s a hazard they want you to know about so that they can send you peg covers. All the details are below:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Chicco Polly High Chair

Units: About 455,000 in the United States and 30,690 in Canada

Importer: Artsana USA Inc., of Lancaster, Pa.

Hazard: Children can fall on or against the pegs on the rear legs of the high chair, resulting in a bruising or laceration injury.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm is aware of 21 reports of incidents in which a child fell against the peg and received injuries, including four laceration injuries requiring medical closure (stitches, tape or glue) and one scratched cornea.

Description: This recall involves a range of Chicco Polly high chairs with pegs on the back legs intended for tray storage. The high chairs have a folding metal frame for storage and a reclining seat. The recalled high chairs can be identified by the model number and date code printed on a label on the underside of the seat, close to the footrest. The date code is in the format DDMMYYYY or YYYY-MM-DD. High chairs included in this recall were manufactured prior to October 13, 2010 and have one of the following model numbers on the label:

Sold at: Retail stores including Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Buy Buy Baby, Shopko and Toys R Us, as well as online outlets including Albeebaby.com, Amazon.com, Babyage.com, Babysupermart.com, Diapers.com and Target.com from January 2005 through July 2012 for between $100 and $150.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should contact Chicco for a free peg cover kit which will be mailed to them. To help prevent injuries before repair, consumers should store the tray on the pegs when the high chair is not in use.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Chicco toll-free at (800) 807-8817 between 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.chiccousa.com/pollykit

Note: Health Canada’s press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1642