WHY would you give a broken high chair to a patron with a squirmy 7 month old? When I point out that the strap /fastener/ buckle is broken, do you fix it or give it to someone else, hoping they will just not strap their child in this time? Shouldn't there be a safety inspector checking the high chairs, too- or do they only look in the restaurant kitchen?
The most recent offender is a popular chain restaurant!
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
Each year, thousands of children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with high chairs. Deaths also occur. The majority of the injuries result from falls when restraining straps are not used and when children are not closely supervised.
And don't even get me started about the grocery store shopping cart seat!
Next time you are out to eat and are given a high chair with a broken strap or other less-than-safe feature, please speak up. Ask for a replacement. Talk to a manager or write a letter if you want to do even more.
Ok- off to write my letter!