Product Liability

Evenflo highchairs recalled after reports of falling injuries

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of a popular brand of highchairs. The government agency says that people who use an Evenflo Majestic ™ high chair, manufactured by the Evenflo Company of Miamisburg, Ohio, should stop using the high chairs immediately.

According to the CPSC, the highchairs pose both a danger of choking and falling. Metal screws and plastic caps on the sides of the highchairs may come loose and fall out, causing the back of the seat to fall back or detach completely from the chair.

Evenflo has received 140 reports of the seat backs suddenly and unexpectedly falling back or detaching. Approximately 50 children received bumps and bruises to the head, while another 50 children sustained cuts, scrapes, and bruises elsewhere. Two children sustained broken bones after falling out of the chairs.

The metals screws and plastic caps on the chairs pose a serious danger of choking. The manufacturer has received more than 1,000 reports of the caps and screws coming loose or falling off of the chairs. Seven of these reports involved children with the caps or screws in their hands or mouths. No choking injuries were reported.

Evenflo manufactured approximately 95,000 of the defective chairs. All of the chairs were made in China before January 23, 2007 and sold in juvenile and mass merchandise stores throughout the United States from January 2006 through May 2007.

Several model numbers are included in the recall. The model number and manufacturing date are found on a white label on the seat back. Recalled models include: 3001395A, 3001583, 3001633A, 3001669, 3001700A, 3001713, 3001713A, 3001730A, 3001732, 3001732A, 3001733, 3001742, 3001742A, and 3001756.

Consumers who have one of the chairs should stop using it immediately and contact the manufacturer for a free repair kit. Evenflo can be reached by calling 800-233-5921 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern or online at www.majestichighchair.com.