11 May 2011 No Comments
Two days ago, I shared with you a safety alert on the Phil & Teds “metoo” chairs by the CPSC. The CPSC said that Phil & Teds “has refused to agree to a national recall of their hazardous product that is acceptable to CPSC.” – That sounded really bad and so disappointing to us, parents who are always trying to protect the welfare of our children.
Phil and Teds has contacted me and told me their side of the story. Here’s what they told me.
The metoo is compliant with ASTM. We became aware that Some users were failing to properly attach their chairs, some for fear of damaging a table top! To further prevent that we voluntarily announced a recall to repair and issued a add-on grip kit back in February. That kit was approved by all worldwide safety authorities and issued, but we’ve been waiting since then for the CPSC to sanction the release and cooperating fully with them. We will continue to do so. Meantime: the chairs remain utterly safe if attached according to the instructions. We implore all users to ensure they do that. Thanks!
Then last night, I wasn’t surprised to receive a press release from Phil & Teds disputing many of the facts in Friday’s alert.
As Phil & Teds says, “If a chair is securely attached per the instructions (appropriate table, and with the clamps fully tightened) the metoo chair functions as intended.”
Watch this video that they released last night to show how the chair will perform under stress when properly attached to a table.