3-Year-Old 'Nearly Dismembered' After Using This Popular Potty Chair
by Lisa René LeClair
Photograph by Twenty20
can be a scary and intimidating time for boys. For this reason, parents are
encouraged to teach them to use the toilet sitting down—on a potty chair—before
showing them how to pee standing up. But how do you
know if the chair they are using is safe?
According to one
family in Riverside, California, who wishes to remain anonymous, the WeePOD
Basix Potty Ring they purchased at Target "nearly dismembered"
their 3-year-old son when his genitals got stuck inside the built-in splash guard.
The family is now suing the retailer for undisclosed damages.
alleges that the boy was taken to the emergency room to have his penis glued
back together after the polypropylene surface of the Prince Lionheart potty
seat deeply cut his genitals almost all the way around.
Prince Lionheart knew there were problems with this defective potty-training
device, knew of prior complaints but refused to take the product off the shelf.
They had a duty to warn customers about the dangers of their WeePOD product,”
attorney John Kristensen told CBS
News Los Angeles. “Their failure to do so was reckless and led directly to the
mutilation of my client.”
claims that another child was injured by the same Prince Lionheart seat in 2015 (also purchased at Target). According to the lawsuit, the child's parent left following
comment at the time, but it is no longer available on Target's website:
"My 4-year-old son was going to the bathroom on his wee pod basix potty seat and when he
stood up he started screaming," the Virginia parent allegedly wrote.
"He had a nasty cut on the base of his penis and it was bleeding a lot. My
husband and I cleaned him up and took him to the doctor. When we
got home I examined the seat and the bottom edge is actually very sharp and
just sliced open the very sensitives in that area. This has been horribly
traumatic for him and could have been so much worse."
Though the potty
seat is still available on Target's website with a near 4-star rating, Target
maintains that product safety is something they take seriously. In a comment to
a Target spokesperson said the company's legal team is reviewing the lawsuit.
product safety incredibly seriously, are committed to providing safe products
to our guests and require our vendors to follow all product safety laws and
CPSC (US Consumer Product Safety Commission) guidelines for the products they sell at Target."
Prince Lionheart added the following statement on the Good Housekeeping website:
the safety and comfort of the children and parents who use our products very
seriously, and all of our products have been subjected to rigorous third-party
testing to ensure their safety when used in a manner consistent with our
instructions and warnings. We're a family-owned and operated business and have
been making products for babies and young children for over forty years. Our
practice is to design safety, quality and performance into every one of our
That said, make sure you inspect all products thoroughly—feeling around the entire surface
for rough edges—before allowing your child to sit bare-bottomed on a potty-training device.