Graco has announced a major recall of its popular Table2Table 6-in-1 highchair. The recall comes after 38 reports that the chair’s rear leg can pivot out of its correct position. Five children were injured when the highchair toppled over.
In a statement, Graco encouraged customers to immediately stop using the 6-in-1 highchair.
The Table2Table 6-in-1 highchair was sold only at Walmart between October 2016 and December 2017. The highchair retailed for around $100 with over 36,000 purchased in the U.S. and an additional 3,000 sold in Canada. The highchair’s design has been popular with parents because it’s convertible and grows with the child. The chair may be configured as a booster seat, a toddler chair that can be used with a child-sized table, or a traditional highchair.
The Graco recall affects the Table2Table 6-in-1 highchair model number 2013805 with the following UPC code: 047406146475. The model number can be found printed on the back of the booster seat or on the underside of the toddler seat. The highchair has a white cushion with gray and gold polka dots.
Consumers who purchased the Table2Table highchair can request a replacement kit with installation instructions at no charge from Graco.
Past Graco Recall
This is not the first major Graco recall in recent years. In 2014, Graco recalled 3.7 million car seats due to a buckle issue. This voluntary recall of 11 of 18 Graco model seats was the 4th largest car seat recall and it affected the harness buckles of the toddler convertible seats and booster seats made between 2009 and 2013. The release button at the center of the harness could get stuck and make it dangerously hard to get a child out of the seat in an emergency.
Since the large recall of 2014, there have been several other Graco car seat recalls affecting the TurboBooster, My Ride 65, Extend2Fit, and ComfortSport/Classic Ride car seats.
Recalls and Defective Product Injuries
When someone is injured by a product, they can sue the manufacturer, distributor, and/or retailer under products liability laws. This claim can be based on a defective design that makes the product dangerous despite proper use, failure to adequately warn of risks, or faulty construction.
It’s very common for manufacturers to recall products that are defective. A recall happens when the manufacturer or a government agency becomes aware of a potentially large defect in a product. A recall may or may not impact a products liability lawsuit.
Many courts do allow evidence of a product recall to help establish that a product was faulty, but it will not make a manufacturer automatically responsible for injuries in a lawsuit. The plaintiff still has the responsibility to prove that the specific product was defective and this defect led to injuries.
Manufacturers cannot use recalls to escape liability, either. The manufacturer must still show that the specific plaintiff directly received information about the recall and that the warning was sufficient to alert the plaintiff to the dangers of continuing to use the product.
If you or your child are hurt by a defective product, a products liability attorney can help you determine if you have a case against the manufacturer for medical expenses and other damages.
Learn more about Defective Product Lawsuits.