Defective Clip-On Tabletop Baby Chairs

“Me Too” Defective Clip-On Table Top Baby Chairs

On May 6, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an “urgent warning” about the Me Too” Clip-On Table Top Baby Chairs (imported by phil&teds USA Inc.). The CPSC has determined that this baby chair poses a risk of serious injury to children. The CPSC strongly urges all consumers to stop using the chairs immediately. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC0B_k0nTlw for the CPSC’s two-minute video announcement and warning.

The chair consists of a nylon seat with a metal frame that clamps onto a table edge using two metal vise clamps. The CPSC has determined that the clamps can detach causing a baby to fall to the floor. The clamps can also detach and cause babies to fall to the floor when they move around in the chair or use their feet to push against a table leg. There is also a lack of space between a horizontal bar on the front of the chair and the metal clamps, which can cause a baby’s fingers to be severely pinched, lacerated, crushed, or even amputated if caught between the bar and the clamp during detachment from a table. The company has refused to agree to a national recall of this hazardous product that is acceptable to the CPSC. Although the company has offered a repair kit, the CPSC has not approved use of the kit and continues to urge consumers not to use the chair. If your child has been injured by a “Me Too” Clip-On Table Top Baby Chair, it is essential that you contact the Heller Law Firm, APC as soon as possible. Our experienced products liability lawyers will aggressively protect your baby’s rights.

What Is Product Liability?

The term “product liability” is used when a person’s injury is caused by a defective product or service. A product is defective if an ordinary user would not have anticipated the danger that the product creates. The designer, manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of a defective product can be held liable for any injury that results from the use of the product. There are three ways in which a product, such as a clip-on table-top baby chair, may be found to be defective:

  • Design flaw: This means that a product was designed with a defect that makes the whole product line dangerous. For example, a table-top baby chair like the “Me Too” Clip-on Table Top Baby Chair is considered defectively designed if the clamps do not stay properly secured to the table top allowing a baby to fall to the floor, or if there was inadequate space between parts that would allow fingers to be caught and injured when it disengaged from the table top.
  • Manufacturing flaw: Even if the design of a product is adequate, the product may become dangerous if the manufacturer fails to follow the plans and specifications, or if there is an error during production. For example, a manufacturer may use an inferior component different than that called for in the plans that makes the product less safe, or there may be a malfunction in the assembly process.
  • Inadequate warnings or instructions: This occurs if the manufacturer’s directions are unclear or if warnings are inadequate. For example, the CPSC has stated that the “Me Too” Clip-on Table Top Baby Chair’s packaging and instructions have conflicting information and contain inadequate warnings about the risk of injury.

What To Do If Your Baby Was Injured By A Defective Clip-On Table Top Baby Chair Including A Me Too” Clip-On Table Top Baby Chair

If your child has been injured by a defective table top baby chair, including the “Me Too” Clip-on Table Top Baby Chair, there are several things you should do to help you in a products liability case:

  • Seek immediate medical attention for any injuries to your child. It is very important that all injuries and treatment be thoroughly documented.
  • Safeguard the baby chair with any documents/packaging that came with it.
  • Store the baby chair in a secure place and do not modify or change it in any way (leave it just as it was after the accident).
  • Take pictures of the table top baby chair.
  • Record information about the baby chair, such as the model and serial number, exact product name, manufacturer, and the date and place of purchase. Save the sales receipt if you have it.
  • If your baby was injured, write down what happened while it is still fresh in your memory.
  • Contact an experienced products liability attorney as soon as possible after the injury, and do not discuss the case with anyone else.

Defective Clip-On Table Top Baby Chair Attorneys

A products liability lawsuit can be a complex, time consuming, and expensive matter. If your child has been injured by a defective table top baby chair, such as the “Me Too” Clip-on Table Top Baby Chair, it is essential that you contact an experienced products liability attorney as soon as possible. Your claim may be part of a potential “class action” lawsuit, which may be filed on behalf of many children injured by a defective baby chair and have a common complaint against the manufacturer of this baby chair, “phil&teds USA, Inc.” At the Heller Law Firm, APC, our experienced and skilled product liability lawyers will aggressively fight to protect your child’s rights and can help him or her secure compensation for the injuries he or she has suffered. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.