Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Fall and Drowning Hazard Spurs Recall of Summer Infant Bath Tubs


The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on October 6, a recall of more than 86,000 Lil’ Luxuries Whirlpool, Bubbling Spa and Shower products, after the manufacturer received over 90 reports of safety sling problems, 11 of which resulted in head injuries due to falls.
The battery operated baby bath tubs are designed to bathe infants and toddlers, up to two years old, by placing the child in a fabric sling attached to a plastic frame around the top of the tub. The reports indicated that the slings can detach from the frame, causing the child to fall against the side walls of the tub and underwater. Upon further study, it was discovered that the headrest area of the fabric sling did not contain a plastic attachment to balance and hold infants upright creating a tip-over hazard.
Anyone who has purchased one of the tubs is being asked by the CPSC to stop using the safety sling feature immediately, due to the risk of serious head trauma or drowning should the safety sling detach.
Included in the recall are Lil’ Luxuries Whirlpool, Bubbling Spa & Showers with fabric slings and integral whirlpool and motorized jet features, manufactured in China for Summer Infant Inc. of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The recalled products are marked with item numbers 18840. 18850, 18863 and 18873 along with date code indicating the year and month with two digits each – 1210, 1211, 1212, 1301, 1302, 1303, 1304, 1305, 1306, 1307 and 1308.
There were approximately 86,000 of the units were distributed throughout the U.S. according to the CPSC recall noticed. The agency, as well as Summer Infant is warning that the tubs which were sold in 2012 and 2103 may have reached the aftermarket and are being sold as second hand. They were originally sold at Toys Я Us, Babies Я Us and other juvenile specialty stores nationwide, for around $60.  
Customers who have these tubs are being asked to cease use of the safety slings immediately and contact Summer Infant at 1-(800)-268-6237 or go to www.summerinfant.com and navigate to the ‘safety and recalls’ section for information on receiving a free replacement sling and clips.
Injuries from Nursery Products
According to the CPSC there were 77,900 emergency room visits by children under five years old, due to injuries caused by nursery products in 2012. In the period between 2008 through 2011, the CPSC staff reports that there was an average of 111 fatalities per year. Cribs/mattresses, bassinets/cradles, playpens/play yards, infant carriers/car seat carriers, and baby baths/bath seats accounted for 89 percent of those deaths.
Dolman Law Group is committed to the safety of all infants and children and strives to help create safer products to reduce the number of preventable injuries and fatalities. If you have a child who was injured due to a defective juvenile product, contact Dolman Law Group today and set up a consultation with a product liability attorney. There is no cost or obligation.
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