Baby Bathers Recalled Due to Skull Fractures
After receiving reports of falls and skull fractures, Summer Infant Inc, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, is recalling more than two million Mother’s Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers.
Among the seven incident reports are four infants with skull fractures, including one who required intensive care for bleeding on the brain.
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.
Description: This recall involves Summer Infant baby bathers with a small, nearly square blue or pink plastic base measuring about 13-1/2 inches long by 12-1/2 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.
Recalled Model Numbers: 08020, 08050, 08054, 08070, 08401, 08409, 08404, 08405, 08650, 08655, 08659, 08754, 08940, 08944, 18004, 18040, 18049, 18050, 18120, 18125, 18129, 18254, 18360, 18375, 18379, 18390, 18394, 18440, 18445, 18449, 18470, 18475, 18479, 38510, 38515, 38750, 38755
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.”
Manufactured in China, by Summer Infant Inc., of Woonsocket, R.I., about two million baby bathers were sold in the United States in stores and on the Web from September 2004 through November 2011 for between $15 and $30. About 65,000 units were sold in Canada.
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.
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.
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