Summer Infant Recalls Baby Bathers Due to Fall and Head Injury Hazard

Summer Infant Recalls Baby Bathers Due to Fall and Head Injury Hazard
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Summer Infant is recalling more than two million Mother's Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers due to a risk of serious injury to infants.

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 head injury.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (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 of which were skull fractures.

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 following model numbers:

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 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.

The recalled baby bathers were sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide and online from September 2004 through November 2011.

Consumers should immediately stop using the bathers and contact Summer Infant for a free repair kit that includes a locking strap and instructions. Note: 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 toll-free at 800-426-8627.