A massive recall of more than two million Mother’s Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers was just announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC). The bathers are being recalled due to fall hazard.
About two million Mother’s Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers are being recalled in the United States; an additional 65,000 more bathers are being recalled in Canada.
The Mother’s Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers were manufactured in China by Summer Infant Inc., of Woonsocket Rhode Island and sold at mass merchandise stores, nationwide and on the Internet, from September 2004 through November 2011. The bathers sold for between $15 and $30.
When the bather is lifted and/or carried with an infant inside, its folding wire frame can suddenly disengage from the side hinge, dropping the baby out of the bather, which poses a fall hazard and a risk of serious head injury to infants.
To date, CPSC and Summer Infant have received seven reports of incidents in the U.S., including five reports of infants suffering head injuries over falls from the bathers. Four children between two weeks and two months of age suffered skull fractures, including one fracture that required intensive care for bleeding on the brain. The fifth child received a bump to the head that required emergency room treatment.
This recall involves Summer Infant baby bathers with a small, nearly square blue or pink plastic base that is about 13 ½ inches long by 12 ½ inches wide. The model numbers involved are, as follows:
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
Model numbers can be found on either side of the baby bather, either near the warning label or on the front, rear, of the wash instructions. Some units have multiple model numbers. Also, model numbers with an additional letter at the end of the number are 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 seat positions; some bathers have a head support cushion. The fabric seat comes in various colors: 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 firm advises consumers to immediately stop using the bathers and contact Summer Infant for a free repair kit that includes a locking strap and instructions. Even with the new locking strap installed, the baby bather product should never be used to lift and carry an infant.
Summer Infant can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.426.8627, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.summerinfant.com/batherrepairkit. The recalled bathers should not be returned to stores as retailers do not have the repair kit