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Link between daytime talk show giveaway and defective products

On Feb. 5, the Consumer Product Safety Commission published a recall for a children's highchair. The product, manufactured by a company called Mima, is suspected of having a design defect that reportedly allows the high chair to come loose from its base. According to the recall, the "Mima Moon 3 in 1 high chair" has the potential to injure children sitting in the device or crawling under it.

The primary issue with the high chair is that its design consists of a two-footed base that supports the seat on a single post. The seat can reportedly become detached from the post, allowing the child sitting within the modern-looking, semicircle seat to fall to the ground. The seat also poses an impact danger to children crawling underneath it due to the possibility that it may become detached from its post and fall onto a crawling child.

The New York Times reported that the recall has been issued for only 1,470 of the high chairs. That news agency also reported that the majority of the high chairs in question were given away during a taping of the Ellen DeGeneres show. The episode in which the high chair giveaway happened reportedly occurred during a taping of the show on May 9, 2014.

The remainder of the chairs involved in the recall were sold at various stores catering to children and juveniles in Illinois, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Texas and Virginia. The recalled item was on the market February 2014 through September 2014.

So far, there have been 14 reported incidents of the highchair seat coming loose from its post. However, there have not yet been any reports of any injuries to date.

Illinois residents have a right to be free from injury from dangerous products. If you suspect that you have been injured due to a defective product design or an unnecessarily dangerous product, then you should know that Illinois allows victims to seek compensation from the manufacturer. If your claims are successful, you could stand to gain money damages for any injuries you suffered as well as any time you may have missed from your job as a result of your injuries.

Source: New York Times, "Recalls This Week: Toy Car Sets, Space Heaters" Feb. 06, 2015

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