March 18th, 2010
08:39 AM ET

1.2 million 'unstable' Graco highchairs recalled

Graco Children's Products announced Thursday that it's recalling 1.2 million Harmony highchairs because of stability issues.

The company, a unit of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. that makes car seats, strollers, swings and other products for kids, said that its Harmony highchairs can be "unstable" and "tip over unexpectedly."

Graco said that 24 injuries had been reported for the highchair model, which was produced from 2003 to 2009 and retailed for $70 to $120.
The company, in a press release, said the screws holding the front legs of the highchair can loosen and fall out, and the plastic bracket on the rear legs can crack, presenting a hazard to children.

The chairs were sold at Target, Toys R Us and Wal-Mart. In addition to the 1.2 million highchairs recalled in the United States, Graco said it is recalling 35,000 in Canada.

The company urged consumers to stop using the high chair and lace orders for its free repair kits, consisting of two leg screws and a leg brace.
This is just the latest recall of the last few months, which have seen millions of children's products pulled of the market for safety hazards.
In January, Graco announced the recall of 1.5 million strollers because of the risk of finger lacerations and amputations.

Also this year, a separate of 635,000 cribs was announced by Dorel Asia SRL.

In November 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of 2.1 million cribs from Stork Craft Manufacturing. The federal agency said the cribs presented a risk of suffocation.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. americanpi

    Wow! More Chinese imprts being recalled. True unemployment figures are probably 17%.
    Chinese imports + unemployed American workers= empty retail stores

    March 18, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Carroll

    I thougt they tested these things before the put them in stores? I certainly hope neither one of my grandbabies have this high chair.. What happen to the safety of childred?

    March 18, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Christopher

      They do test them. Unfortunately, they cannot always predict what a baby or stupid adult will do while in the chair.

      June 18, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. torianadio

    special troposphere relatively risk turn national

    May 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Richard

    Doesn't anyone proof-read these articles. I don't know how to "lace an order" and what is "a separate of 635,000 cribs".

    June 18, 2010 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. jowa

    aah...the high quality of foreighn made products. hate those big bulky, ugly plastic things anyway, and they take up too much space. what ever happened to the old slim wooden high chairs that actually fit up to the table and looked nice to boot? they didn't break ar wear out. and they actually looked nice.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |