The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received 1,842 reports of child seat related incidents from January 1, 2011 to September 30, 2017. According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), 1,600 child seat related incidents occurred in restaurants from 2011 to 2016.  What is considered a high chair?
A high chair is defined as a free-standing chair for a child up to three years old who has a seating area more than fifteen inches above the floor used for feeding or food. Most injuries to children have occurred when a child tries to climb in or out of the chair unattended, the tipping point is exceeded in one direction, or if a safety component fails or is disconnected.
New rules for child seats and requirements
CPSC prescribes that all child seats are manufactured
Specification for highchairs. High chairs made before this date are
grandfather as long as proof of the manufacturer's date can be produced. The new
the requirements are described below:
Highchairs should be tested backwards
stability index (RSI) to determine the point at which the chair begins to tip over. High
chairs with an RSI of at least 50 will meet CPSC regulations.
- Warning label visible on placement
the child in the seat notes the risk, potential injuries and how to avoid it
- Warning label visible while
the child sits in the chair and says "stay close and watch the child during use".
As a restaurant owner, it is your responsibility
to ensure that the highchairs you provide comply with federal
rules and are safe for your customers.
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What procedures can prevent a person from being injured
in your restaurant?
- When buying new or replaceable chairs, you must consider the chair's rear stability index to meet or exceed 50 RSI. from the manufacturer if necessary.
- Observe how the chair is used by the customer and inform them about the dangers if child seats are used incorrectly. Do not allow customers or employees to turn child seats upside down and place child seats or child seats on the child seat.
- Examine the child seats before and after use to evaluate any defects.
- Follow all instructions in the manufacturer's literature.
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