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January 13, 1997

Release # 97-056
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Playskool Announce Recall to Repair Restraint Bar of the 1-2-3 High Chair

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Playskool of Pawtucket, R.I., is offering free replacement restraint bars for about 287,000 of its 1-2-3 High Chairs. The restraint bar can crack or break off, which may allow a child who is not secured with the high chair's seat belt to fall from the chair and be injured.

Playskool has received hundreds of complaints of cracking and breaking restraint bars and 40 reports of injuries to children falling from the high chairs. Injuries primarily involve bumps and bruises; one child sustained a broken collarbone.

The plastic restraint bar of the 1-2-3 High Chair is located at the center of the front of the seat. The high chair's tray attaches to the restraint bar. Only restraint bars on Playskool 1-2-3 High Chairs made between May 1995 and May 1996 require replacement. These high chairs have serial numbers between TX51321 and TX61442. The serial number is on a label on the back of the seat of the high chair.

The Playskool 1-2-3 High Chair is available nationwide at discount juvenile product and department stores for about $65.

To receive a free replacement restraint bar, consumers must call Playskool at 1-800-555-0428 for a free replacement restraint bar or write to the company at P.O. Box 5659, Pawtucket, R.I. 02862. Consumers should not return the high chairs to retailers.

CPSC and Playskool remind consumers that seat belts should always be fastened whenever a child is in any high chair.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to