Summer Infant Recalls to Repair Baby Bathers Due to Fall and Head Injury Hazard Consumers should order free repair kit

Babies can fall out of the Summer Infant bather when being lifted or carried. Four skull fractures reported. Never use to lift and carry your baby.

Recall date: August 29, 2012
Recall number: 12-262
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  • Side hinges have five rivets

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    Side hinges have five rivets

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  • Bathers manufactured since July 2007 include the warning "Never lift or carry the bather with infant in it."

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    Bathers manufactured since July 2007 include the warning "Never lift or carry the bather with infant in it."

Recall Summary

Name of product:

Mother's Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers

Hazard:

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.

Consumer Contact:

For additional information, contact Summer Infant at (800) 426-8627 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.summerinfant.com/batherrepairkit. Do not return to stores as the retailers will not have the repair kit

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Recall Details

Units

About 2 million in the United States and an additional 65,000 in Canada

Description and Models

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 listed below. 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.

Recalled Summer Infant Baby Bathers
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

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."

Incidents/Injuries

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 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.

Remedy

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.

Sold at

Mass merchandise stores nationwide and on the Web from September 2004 through November 2011 for between $15 and $30.

Manufacturer(s)

Summer Infant Inc., of Woonsocket, R.I.

Manufactured in

China

  • Side hinges have five rivets

  • Bathers manufactured since July 2007 include the warning "Never lift or carry the bather with infant in it."