Baby bathers recalled after four children sustain skull fractures

Bathers pose risk of falls, serious head injuries

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ORLANDO, Fla. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced the recall of 2 million baby bathers after several incidents of skull fractures and other injuries to infants.

The products were sold under the names "Mother's Touch Baby Bather" and "Mother's Touch Deluxe Baby Bather."  They were manufactured by Summer Infant Inc., of Woonsocket, R.I., and sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide and on the Web from September 2004 through November 2011.

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

CPSC and Summer Infant have received seven reports of incidents in the U.S., including five reports of infants suffering head injuries after they fell 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.

Colors and designs vary.  For more information about the recall and details of specific models involved click here.

CPSC says consumers should immediately stop using the bathers and contact Summer Infant (800-426-8627) for a free repair kit that includes a locking strap and instructions.   Repair kits can be ordered online as well.

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