Health + Safety

Study: Number Of High Chair Injuries Rises By 22 Percent In Past Decade

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In the past decade, the number of toddlers taken to hospitals for injuries related to high chairs increased by 22 percent between 2003 and 2010, according to a new study that raises concerns about the safety related to the chairs.

The study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics indicated that around 9,400 children aged three-years-old and younger suffered falls, cuts, pinches and other high-chair related injuries each year. Of the injuries, 85 percent affected the head and face.

Data for the study came from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, a database operated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The study concludes reasons for the accidents include incorrect usage of the high chair’s safety features by parents as well as the distribution of faulty chairs .