FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 26, 1995

 

Release # 95-123


WASHINGTON, D.C.- CPSC, Torpedo, Inc. of South Paris, Maine is voluntarily recalling certain baby flotation devices known as "The Dolphin Baby Float." A child sitting in the device could drown if water leaks into the hollow center of the float's innertube, causing the device to tip over. CPSC and the firm are aware of 24 non-injury complaints about the product including 11 tipover incidents.

Approximately 18,000 dolphin-shaped flotation devices were sold nationwide through catalogs and retail stores from February 1993 through December 1994 for $69.95 to $89.95. They measure about 37 inches from nose to tail, about 28 inches from side fin to side fin, and 9 inches in depth. The white plastic dolphin has a detachable red umbrella and blue nylon seat which can be adjusted for babies from six months to two years. Dolphins manufactured and shipped by Torpedo since January 1995, have reinforced walls which prevent water penetration and, therefore,are not included in this recall.

Consumers with affected products should destroy their defective Dolphin Baby Float since the firm - Torpedo - went out of business in 2003.  Free replacements are no longer available.

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer pool season, and CPSC reminds consumers that all levels of water are dangerous for babies. Therefore, adults should never leave a baby in water without constant adult supervision.

CPSC Chairman Ann Brown said, "Flotation devices may make caregivers believe that a baby is relatively safe in the pool. Any such belief can have devastating consequences because these products -- regardless of how sturdy they look - - will not prevent drowning. A baby reaching for a toy can lose his or her balance in a matter of seconds and the product can tip over. Always keep the baby at arm's reach."