Feds pushing safety regs for high chairs

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is looking to better protect young children from tipping over while they are eating in high chairs.

The high chair safety standards proposed Friday would strengthen the rearward stability requirements for manufacturers after a dozen children were injured when their chairs fell over.

"Tip-overs generally occur when a child leans out of the high chair or pushes off a nearby surface,” the agency wrote.


High chairs are used to feed toddlers and infants, who are too young to sit up on their own at the table.

The CPSC estimates there are nearly 10 million high chairs in the U.S.

Besides tipping over, other safety issues involve the frame, seat, restraint system, tray, armrest, footrest and wheels, according to the agency.

Families reported more than 1,300 incidents involving high chairs between 2011 and 2014, according to the CPSC. Those included 138 injuries and one death.

In addition to the stability requirements, the CPSC is also looking to establish better warning labels. 

The public has 75 days to comment.