Written on January 23, 2007 by Kevin.
It all began months and months ago when we first took Rylan out to eat with us and have him sit in his own high chair. We were eating at our local mall and we had to hunt down a high chair. After finding one, we come to find out that the straps had broken in one way or another. Looking for another chair resulted in many of them also being broken. Being the concerned parent that I am, I reported it to the mall customer service doubting anything would be done about it.
We have taken Rylan out to many other places since this time and I am simply amazed at how many restaurants have broken high chairs. These range from broken straps, clips or even missing harness all together. I seem to always get a confused look on the waitresses face when I ask that we get a new high chair because the one they gave me was broken. What is concerning is that over 50% of the high chairs that Rylan has been given to sit in, would be considered unsafe.
I cannot understand 2 things in this situation. Why are these things all broken? Who is doing what to them that they all break? Are they just so cheap that they end up breaking soon after being put out there. Second, why isn't anyone replacing these? Do they not feel that this is an issue? Maybe they do not have children of their own and do not understand the reason for the safety belt. I think that they would understand it if a child was to fall out and hurt themselves and they were handed a lawsuit.
Is it just Arizona or do other places have just as much of a problem with broken highchairs? Do you report any broken high chair that you see?