Chicagoland parents, do you have a baby bather at home? If so, take note. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, in cooperation with Summer Infant Inc., announced on Aug. 29 the voluntary recall of Mother’s Touch/Deluxe baby bathers.
What’s the reason behind the voluntary recall? According to the CPSC’s press release, 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.
The press release further stated “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.”
Not sure if you have the baby bather in question? The CPSC notes what to look for. The Summer Infant baby bathers have a small, nearly square blue or pink plastic base measuring about 13.5 inches long by 12.5 inches wide. 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 model numbers are 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, and 38755.
The press release also stated that 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.”
The bathers were sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide and on the Internet from September 2004 through November 2011 for between $15 and $30.
About 2 million units in the U.S. and an additional 65,000 units in Canada are affected by the voluntary recall.
If you have the baby bather that is the subject of the voluntary recall, the CPSC advises to stop using it immediately and to contact Summer Infant for a free repair kit that includes a locking strap and instructions. The CPSC also noted that 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 7 a.m. and 4p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s website at www.summerinfant.com/batherrepairkit. Do not return to stores, as the retailers will not have the repair kit.
The company’s website also includes instructions on how to install the straps.
According to Summer Infant’s website, its products are sold through a variety of independent stores, mass merchandisers, and specialty retailers, including Target, Toys “R” Us, Diapers.com, The Home Depot, and Just Kids Store.