Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NWL), a global manufacturer and full-service marketer of branded consumer and commercial products, has recalled over 1.2 million Graco high chairs manufactured by its subsidiary Graco Children’s Products Inc. due to customer complaints relating to stability issues.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Newell’s voluntary recall was primarily due to reports of malfunctioning of the chairs, such as loosening or falling out of screws holding the front legs and cracking of plastic brackets, causing it to become unstable and tip over unexpectedly. This has also led to injuries including a hairline arm fracture and bruises on the head and body.
Newell has recalled all the 65 models of Graco’s Harmony brand high chairs that were manufactured during the period of Nov 2003 through Dec 2009. Currently, Graco high chairs have also been withdrawn from the manufacturing line. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recommended consumers to stop using such chairs with immediate effect and instead contact the company for a free repair kit.
Newell offers its products under a portfolio of well-established brands, which includes Sharpie, Paper Mate, Dymo, Expo, Waterman, Parker, Irwin, Lenox, Rubbermaid, Levolor, Graco, Calphalon and Goody. The Graco high chairs were sold in the price range of $70 to $120 in the stores of leading retailers such as Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD), Target Corp. (TGT), and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT).
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