Is there anything more stressful than giving a baby their first bath? How about finding out that the baby bath you thought was going to make this whole experience easier had been recalled? Because sweet little babies were falling and fracturing their skulls? Yikes! We're there folks: popular baby bather maker Summer Infant has partnered up with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall more than 2 million baby baths.
At least seven children have been seriously hurt when the wire frame of the recalled bather suddenly disengaged from the side hinge, dropping the baby. In one case, the infant who fell was so badly hurt that he required intensive care for bleeding on the brain.
Want to know how to keep your baby safe? Here's everything you need to know about this recall:
1. The recalled baths include both those with two positions for baby and those with three positions. Each recalled bath has a small blue or pink base and a fabric seat with one of the following patterns: white, blue, green, yellow, and orange with fish, turtles, butterflies, frogs, flowers, and ducks.
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2. The recall involves the following model numbers: 08020, 08050, 08054, 08070, 08401, 08409, 08404, 08405, 08650, 08655, 08659, 08754, 08940, 08944, 38510, 38515, 18049, 18120, 18125, 18129, 18360, 18375, 18379, 18390, 38750, 38755, 18440, 18445, 18449, 18470, 18475, 18479, 18050, 08754, 18254, 18394, 18004. If your child's bather has one of these numbers, you may continue to use it as a bath. However, you should not try to carry the bath with the infant inside it.
3. These bathers were sold nationwide and in Canada from 2004 through 2011 at both online and store locations for around $15 to $30; however, retail locations will not be accepting returns or issuing refunds.
4. Contacting Summer Infant is the only means to rectify the situation. Because this is a "corrective action" recall, they will be issuing free locking straps to repair the bathers.
5. To get your free locking strap to repair the bath, call Summer Infant at 800-426-8627 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or fill out an online request form at their website.
Do you carry your baby in their bath? Has this ever been a problem for you?
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