Approximately 2 million Summer Infant baby bathers have been recalled due to the risk of falling and head injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the agency and Summer Infant have received seven reports of incidents in the U.S., including five reports of infants who suffered head injuries after falling from the bather. Four children between the ages of two weeks and two months have reportedly suffered skull fractures, one of which required intensive care for bleeding on the brain. A fifth child received a bump to the head that required emergency room treatment.
The recalled baby bathers are manufactured by Summer Infant and consist of a small, nearly square blue or pink plastic base measuring about 13 ½ inches long by 12 ½ inches wide. The bathers have adjustable side hinges with five rivets and a white wire frame with a mesh fabric sling seat and two or three positions for the seats. The fabric seat comes in various colors including white, blue, green, yellow and orange with fish, turtles, butterflies, frogs, flowers and duck patterns. Some bathers also have a head support cushion.
Those bathers manufactured since July 2007 include the warning “Never lift or carry the bather with infant in it.”
The recall includes Summer Infant baby bathers with the following model numbers:
Recalled Summer Infant Baby Bathers
|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|
Consumers can located the model number 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. Those model numbers with an additional letter at the end of the model number are also included in the recall.
The recalled products were manufactured in China and sold at mass merchandise retailers nationwide and on the internet from September 2004 through November 2011. The recalled Summer Infant baby bathers retailed for between $15 and $30.
Consumers should immediately stop using the bathers and contact Summer Infant for a free repair kit that includes a locking strap and instructions. Consumers should be aware, though, 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, you can 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. Consumers should not return the product to stores since retailers will not have the repair kit.
The Chicago product liability lawyers at Ankin Law Offices, LLC are committed to child safety and protecting the rights of victims of personal injury and product liability accidents. If your child has been injured by the Summer Infant baby bather or other children’s product, contact one of our skilled Chicago product liability attorneys at (312) 600-0000 for a free consultation to discuss a possible product liability claim.