As recently discussed by WebMD, statistics released in a new study show that the number of highchair-related injuries has risen steadily over the past decade. The study focused on the period between 2003 and 2010, the years preceding the adoption of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Since the Act went into effect in 2011, millions of highchairs have been recalled for defective design or manufacture. While researchers attribute some recent highchair injuries to parents and caregivers misusing products, defective design was found to be the major cause of injuries.
The study appeared in Clinical Pediatrics, and revealed that thousands of children suffer injuries from highchairs each year. The injuries are often serious, as the study found over 9,500 children require emergency care because of falls, cuts, and other injuries resulting from highchair use. Between 2003 and 2010, the number of highchair-related injuries increased by 22%.
Researchers believe that errors by parents or caretakers may have resulted in some of the accidents, often due to improperly restraining the child in the highchair. However, researchers found that defective products contributed significantly to the rising number of child injuries from highchairs. The number of defective products was, in part, the impetus behind the enactment of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).
The CPSIA, which went into effect in 2011, lists certain requirements for children’s products and their manufacturing. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) proposed the law and administers and regulates products created domestically and abroad. The CPSIA imposes more stringent requirements on products deemed “durable toddler and infant products,” which are designed to be used by children under 5 years old. Highchairs are considered “durable toddler and infant products,” and thus must to meet the strictest statutory requirements.
The statistics published in the pediatric study cover the seven years preceding the enactment of the CPSIA. Additionally, the study suggests that many parents are still using the products manufactured before the adoption of the new regulations. Many parents, especially those with multiple children, reuse highchairs that predate the CPSIA. But even proper use of the product may not protect against a defective product design.
If your child has suffered injuries as a result of a defectively designed or defectively manufactured highchair, speak with an attorney to discuss whether your child may have a case against the highchair designer, manufacturer, or distributor. Contact a personal injury attorney atParker Scheer today for a free consultation.