WASHINGTON - Hasbro Inc. is issuing repair kits for its Playskool 1-2-3 High Chair to circumvent cracking of plastic pivot joints in the highchair's legs. Ten children have been injured due to stress-related cracks in the adjustable chair's upper leg joints that could cause it to collapse, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, based in Washington.
Playskool agreed to the corrective action, technically called a ``recall,'' CPSC spokesman Ken Giles said by telephone Oct. 25.
Playskool's answer to the potential problem is a nylon strap that attaches between the highchair's front and back base to stabilize its legs. Playskool is offering no refunds, and will replace only those chairs with cracks in the pivot joints or other parts.
The Hasbro division received reports of the injuries, which include bumps, bruises and one concussion, a CPSC news release said. The division estimates that so far 1.5 percent of the 1-2-3 High Chairs sold have been defective. Since May 1994, wholesale and retail outlets have sold about 300,000 of the highchairs, at roughly $74.99 each, the release said.
Vendors will continue to sell the chairs, with the repair kit attached.
The adjustable 1-2-3 High Chair converts to an infant recliner as well as a toddler chair - features intended to give the product a longer, more useful life span. The highchair has a molded, removable plastic tray.
Hasbro and Playskool are based in Pawtucket, R.I.