Safety concerns over highchairs, infant slings prompt federal action

Highchairs and infant slings are the latest baby products hit with safety concerns from federal regulators.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday announced a recall of 1.2 million Graco highchairs, citing 24 injuries from falls. Loosening screws and cracking plastic can make the high chairs, which were produced from 2003 to 2009 and retailed for between $70 and $120, tip over unexpectedly.

For more information and a complete list of affected model numbers, or to request a repair kit, go to cpsc.gov.

It’s another round of bad press for Graco, a giant in baby products from play pens to car seats. In January, 1.5 million of its strollers were recalled because of the risk of finger amputations.

And on Friday, the agency warned parents against using slings to carry infants. In the past 20 years, 14 babies have suffocated while in slings, including three in 2009 alone.

The agency cautioned especially against babies under four months old, or those who are premature or in otherwise fragile health, and released a video announcement and this guide for parents:

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