WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada have announced the voluntary recall of Mother's Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers.
The CPSC says about two million of the baby bathers sold in the U.S. are under recall, as well as an additional 65,000 in Canada
Consumers are advised to stop using the recalled baby bathers immediately unless otherwise instructed.
The CPSC says 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 and posing a risk of serious head injury to infants.
The CPSC has seven reports of this happening in the U.S., including five cases of falls leading to head injuries. In four of those five, children between the ages of two weeks and two months suffered skull fractures, with one infant ending up in intensive care for bleeding on the brain.
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 model numbers 08020, 08050, 08054, 08070, 08401, 08409, 08404, 08405, 08650, 08655, 08659, 08754, 08940, 08944 08020, 08050, 08054, 08070, 08401, 08409, 08404, 08405, 08650, 08655, 08659, 08754, 08940, 08944 38510, 38515, 38750, 38755.
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."
The recalled baby bathers were sold between September 2004 through November 2011
The baby bathers are a product of Summer Infant Inc., of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, but are made in China.
Do not return the items to retail stores. Instead, you should contact Summer Infant at 1-800-426-8627 for a free repair kit that includes a locking strap and instructions. But even with the new locking strap installed, the baby bather product should never be used to lift and carry an infant.
Learn more about the repair kits here.
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