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Baby Bathers Recalled Due to Skull Fractures

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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Read more: Babies, Children, Conscious Consumer, Family, General Health, Health, Health & Safety, Home, Life, Product Recalls

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Ann Pietrangelo

Ann Pietrangelo is the author of No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis and Catch That Look: Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. She is a freelance writer and member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

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2:04AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Noted.

12:38AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

So much for product testing and quality control. Thanks.

5:37AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Sam M. is right. These things should be tested for safety before they're sold. Apart from the dangers to babies, it's the only way to get a reputation for quality and safety.

9:44PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Thanks

11:03AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

I had this thing. I never thought of picking it up with my son in it. It didn't seem "that" sturdy. I guess I got lucky.

6:53AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

scary

6:24AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

thanks

4:27AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

What happened to thorough testing BEFORE the product was released for commercialization?

2:03AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

thank you for the message

9:44PM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

thank you

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