Summer Infant Recalls to Repair Baby Bathers Due to Fall and Head Injury Hazard
As a Western New York and Buffalo products liability attorney I am always concerned when a product designed for children is not safe. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada today announced a voluntary recall of Mother’s Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. About 2 million in the United States and an additional 65,000 in Canada were sold. They were manufactured by Summer Infant Inc., of Woonsocket, R.I.
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 serious head injury to infants. “Four children between two weeks and two months old received skull fractures, including one that required intensive care for bleeding on the brain. The fifth child received a bump to the head requiring emergency room treatment.” 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.
This is yet another product not properly tested and researched before making it to store shelves. At Feroleto Law we are always concerned about the safety of those who are harmed by unsafe products.