After multiple reported accidents involving children falling and receiving lacerations or bruises from the pegs on the rear legs of their high chairs, Chicco has issued a voluntary recall for more than 450,000 Chico Polly high chairs in the United States and over 30,000 in Canada.
The manufacturer is aware of 21 reports of incidents in which a child fell against the peg and was injured. Injuries include four lacerations requiring medical closure – stitches, tape or glue – and one scratched cornea.
The recall is issued in cooperation with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada.
The pegs on the rear legs were intended for use as tray storage. Parents should contact Chicco for a free peg cover kit that can be mailed to them upon request. In order to prevent injuries before receiving the free peg cover kit, consumers are urged to store the tray on the pegs when the high chair is not in use.
The high chairs involved in the recall can be identified by the model number and date code printed on a label on the underside of the chair. The high chair’s format of the date code is DDMMYYYY or YYYY-MM-DD. The high chairs that have been recalled were manufactured earlier than October 13, 2010 and show one of the following model numbers on the label:
Among some of the retail stores carrying the recalled high chairs are Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Buy Buy Baby, Shopko, and Toys-R-Us. Some of the online stores that have sold the recalled high chairs are Albeebaby.com, Amazon.com, Babyage.com, Babysupermarket.com, Diapers.com, and Target.com. The products were being sold January 2005 through July 2012 for around $100 to $150.
For further information regarding the recall and how consumers can receive a free peg cover kit, contact Chicco toll-free at (800) 807-8817 during operating hours or visit the company’s website at www.chiccousa.com/pollykit.