WASHINTINGTON, D.C. -- Summer Infant Inc., has announced a voluntary recall of nearly 2,065,000 Mother's Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers due to a malfunctioning side hinge, which poses a fall hazard and risk of serious head injury to infants.
Nearly 2 million of the recalled baby bathers were sold in the U.S. and an additional 65,000 in Canada.
The company claims that the folding wire frame can suddenly disengage from the side hinge when the bather is lifted and/or carried with an infant in it. If the hinge becomes disengaged the child can drop out of the bather, posing risks of serious injury.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Summer Infant Inc., have received seven reports of incidents in the U.S. -- including five reports of infants suffering head injuries. The company says four of the five children suffered skull fractures. The fifth child suffered a bump to the head and needed emergency room treatment.
The bather was sold nation wide in mass merchandising stores and on the web from September 2004 to November 2011.
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
Consumers who purchased a defective baby bather should immediately stop using the bathers and contact Summer Infant Inc., for a free repair kit.
For additional information, contact Summer Infant at (800) 426-8627 or visit www.summerinfant.com/batherrepairkit