Highchairs, bed handles recalled for injury hazards

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — This week, thousands of highchairs were recalled for an injury hazard – and officials are again warning about a product that has already been proven to be deadly.

Call 12 For Action recently reported on potentially dangerous bed handles that have already claimed the lives of four people. Despite a recent recall, officials say less than one-percent of consumers responded.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is once again urging customers to return the product, which can shift out of place without use of proper safety retention straps. Officials said the handles can potentially create a dangerous gap between the bed handle and the side of the mattress. So far, four people have died as a result of becoming trapped.

The recalled bed handles were sold nationwide between January 1994 and December 2007. Consumers are asked to contact the company to get free straps.

Safety 1st is recalling 35,000 decor wood highchairs due to a fall hazard. According to the company, children can potentially remove the highchair’s tray and fall out. The company received 68 reports of children removing the tray and 11 reports of injuries, including chipped teeth.

Consumers should stop using the chairs and contact the company.

Plus – this week is fire prevention week. The CPSC is reminding all home-owners to install working alarms on every level of their homes. Make sure to replace batteries each year and plan an escape route with your children in the event a fire breaks out.

Officials say you should replace smoke detectors older than 10 years.

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