High-Chair Danger

Dream on Me Bistro High Chair Recall: (877) 768-5500

High chairs make feeding your baby much easier-but they can be dangerous. It's estimated that more than 11,000 children end up in emergency rooms each year from injuries related to high chairs.

Consumer Reports tests for safety, as well as for convenience.

Joyce O'Connor says a high chair was a must-have for her baby, Molly.

O'Connor says, "You want to have them up at the table with you when you are having your family dinners."

Consumer Reports tested 19 high chairs costing between 40 dollars and 265.

Artemis DiBenedetto of Consumer Reports says, "Our testers perform tests to ensure they all meet current voluntary safety standards."

Safest are ones with a five-point harness, which is important to always use to secure your child. High chairs should also have a post to prevent your child from slipping out.

There was a problem with one chair.

DiBenedetto says, "An unharnessed child could either slide down and fall to the floor, or his head could get caught and he could strangle."

A child could also slip out of the sides of this chair. Because of these safety problems, Consumer Reports has issued a safety alert on the Dream on Me Bistro High Chair.

Consumer Reports also assesses convenience and features. An easy-to-clean seat is a real plus. This chair even has washable straps.

And two trays are better than one, like the Peg Perrego. If your child spills something, just lift the top tray off, and you'll still have a clean surface.

Consumer Reports top-rated the Peg Perego Prima Pappa Diner high chair for 250 dollars. It also has a smooth, seamless fabric that's very easy to clean.

A less-expensive choice-also with two trays-is the Fisher-Price EZ Clean for 85 dollars. Like the Peg Perego, it has a height adjustment so you can feed your baby at different levels and an easy-wash surface.

As for the Dream on Me Bistro High Chair, there are no reports of injuries. But Consumer Reports advises owners to stop using it. The company says the chair is no longer being made and that it's working the government on a voluntary recall. If you own one, we have posted the phone number to call above in this story.

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