Stokke has announced it is recalling the Steps Bouncer and the Steps Newborn Set, due to a flaw with the way they attach to the Stokke Steps high chair, which poses a potential fall hazard to children.
The safety lock indicators are supposed to turn from red to green when either the Steps Bouncer or the Newborn Set are attached to the high chair.
But in some circumstances the safety indicators turn green, despite the bouncer not being properly attached to the high chair.
This means there’s a risk of the bouncer detaching from the chair, perhaps during parent or sibling interaction, and potentially posing a fall hazard for the child.
Stokke is recalling any Bouncer and Newborn Set produced between February 2014 and 21 December 2018.
How to check whether you’re affected
Both the Stokke Steps high chair and the Steps Bouncer remain safe to use individually. But you should immediately stop using them together until you have checked whether you’re affected.
You can do that by going to this page on Stokke’s website.
If you are affected, Stokke will issue you with a new chassis as replacement free of charge.
Story Update (17/07): Stokke Tripp Trapp Newborn Set harnesses
Stokke has also recently confirmed that it is voluntarily upgrading the harnesses on the Stokke Tripp Trapp Newborn Sets produced from October 2018.
When re-assembling the Newborn Set harness after washing, there is a risk that consumers can assemble the harness incorrectly. This may lead to one or more harness attachment points detaching.
This could pose a fall and injury hazard to children.
Stokke has said that no risk exists when the product is handled in accordance with the instructions. However, by upgrading the harness, customers will reduce the risk of incorrect handling.
You should stop using the Tripp Trapp Newborn Set immediately and go to this page on Stokke’s website to verify whether the model you own is affected.
If it is, you should continue your registration to receive instructions on how to get your product recalled. You should receive a new harness as a replacement free of charge.
A spokesperson for Stokke told us:
‘The safety and wellbeing of babies and children using Stokke products remain our foremost priority. Stokke products are approved to all relevant and prevailing safety standards and to ensure this standard is upheld, we continue to be committed to the continuous improvement of our products.’
Potentially dangerous baby products
This latest safety alerts from Stokke comes after we identified a potential issue with one of its cot mattresses last year.
While the Stokke Home Bed Mattress passed safety standards that were in force when it first went on sale, it failed our test that determines whether a mattress is firm enough to prevent a baby younger than six months old from being smothered if they roll onto their face while sleeping.
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