We inherited a highchair that has been passed down through the family. Is it still safe to use?

asked 19 Oct '09, 01:41

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As long as you can be absolutely sure it wasn't the subject of any recall, then it is likely safe to re-use. Check with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

My wife and I did actually get a used high chair for our daughter, and when we checked the CPSC web site, we found it was the subject of a recall involving the arm rests. Here is the specific recall notice for the high chair we had: CPSC, Peg Perego USA Announce Recall of High Chairs.

Anyway, we contacted the manufacturer, and even though we weren't the original owner and didn't have a receipt, the manufacturer did good and provided us with replacement arm-rests by mail.

So ... your inherited high chair may be just fine, but do check!

You're right to be concerned.

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answered 19 Oct '09, 02:03

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By the way, I should point out the obvious: Also examine the high chair and make sure it's still structurally sound, not broken, etc.

(19 Oct '09, 02:05) Chris W. Rea

By the way, I just noticed at that recall page, in the footer, that the CPSC is now on twitter! Follow them at http://twitter.com/OnSafety

(19 Oct '09, 02:09) Chris W. Rea

Like most baby items there are safety standards for high chairs. I doubt anybody is going to fine you for using an old highchair; however, I assume most of the standards just make good sense.

I copied this from the following consumer report website.

CERTIFICATION

A certification sticker on a high chair's tray or frame shows that the model meets ASTM voluntary standards, and that its manufacturer participates in the pass/fail certification program administered by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). Certified high chairs are required to have a passive restraint, such as a crotch post; a locking device that prevents accidental folding; secure caps and plugs; sturdy, break-resistant trays; legs wide enough to increase stability (but not so wide that you trip over them); and no springs or dangerous scissoring actions that could harm little fingers. Safety belts have to pass force tests. High chairs are also covered by the federal safety standard for small parts.

JPMA-certified high chairs include Baby Trend, Chicco, Classy Kid Inc., Dorel Juvenile Group (Safety 1st), Evenflo, Fisher-Price, Graco, J. Mason, Kolcraft, Peg-Pérego, Scandinavian Child (Svan), and Stokke.

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answered 19 Oct '09, 02:08

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oh yeah!! All 3 of my kids have used the same high chair and its still in great condition!! You might want to check and see if its been recalled just in case.

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answered 19 Oct '09, 11:40

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I would just use common sense. If it looks good and all the straps take a good pull and it is sturdy then it is fine.

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answered 20 Oct '09, 12:40

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