It’s another BIG recall on baby gear, folks! This one is recalling 2 MILLION baby baths due to fall and head injury hazards. This one is kind of a big deal (it’s in the MILLIONS, people!), so let’s start sharing it with other parents now.
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Okay, now that we have all shared this recall let’s get to the nitty-gritty.
Why is this recall so important? Well, here is what happens with these particular baby bathers…
When the bather is lifted and/or carried with an infant in it, its folding wire frame can suddenly disengage from the side hinge, dropping the baby out of the bather, posing a fall hazard and a risk of serious head injury to infants.
Sure, you shouldn’t be carrying your baby in a baby bather ANYWHERE EVER but clearly people are doing it. Maybe they are moving the baby around the bathroom, I don’t know? It even states on the bathers NOT to carry or lift the bather with an infant EVER, yet we have SEVEN reports of incidents and FIVE head injuries. Seriously, just by looking at this baby bather, I can tell it is a very, very bad idea to carry my tiny little baby around in it. Another example of parent misuse. But I digress.
This is “share worthy” because the fact that the bather can pretty much collapse in your hands, is bad news. Very bad news. Maybe your friend is a carry-my-baby-around-in-a-flimsy-piece-of-gear-over-hard-bathroom-tile kind of person? Who knows?
Here is the entire recall:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the Summer Infant, today announced a voluntary recall of about 2 MILLION Mother’s Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers due to a serious fall hazard and a risk of serious head injury to infant. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Mother’s Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers
Units: About 2 million in the United States and an additional 65,000 in Canada
Manufacturer: Summer Infant Inc., of Woonsocket, R.I.
Hazard: When the bather is lifted and/or carried with an infant in it, its folding wire frame can suddenly disengage from the side hinge, dropping the baby out of the bather, posing a fall hazard and a risk of serious head injury to infants.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Summer Infant have received seven reports of incidents in the U.S., including five reports of infants suffering head injuries from falls from the bathers. Four children between two weeks and two months old received skull fractures, including one that required intensive care for bleeding on the brain. The fifth child received a bump to the head requiring emergency room treatment.
Description: This recall involves Summer Infant baby bathers with a small, nearly square blue or pink plastic base measuring about 13 ½ inches long by 12 ½ inches wide and with the following model numbers listed below. Model numbers are located either on the side of the baby bather near the warning label or on the front near the wash instructions. Some units have multiple model numbers. Model numbers with an additional letter at the end of the model number are also included in this recall.
The bathers have adjustable side hinges with five rivets each and a white wire frame with a mesh fabric sling seat and two or three positions for the seats. Some also have a head support cushion. The fabric seat comes in various colors including white, blue, green, yellow and orange with fish, turtles, butterflies, frogs, flowers and duck patterns. Bathers manufactured since July 2007 include the warning “Never lift or carry the bather with infant in it.”
Sold at: Mass merchandise stores nationwide and on the Web from September 2004 through November 2011 for between $15 and $30.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the bathers and contact Summer Infant for a free repair kit that includes a locking strap and instructions. Note: Even with the new locking strap installed, the baby bather product should never be used to lift and carry an infant.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Summer Infant at (800) 426-8627 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.summerinfant.com/batherrepairkit. Do not return to stores as the retailers will not have the repair kit
Note: Health Canada’s press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1675