While bath seats may seem like an effective way to keep babies safe in
the bathtub, several products on the market could actually increase the
risk of drowning. Most recently, Lexibook issued a recall for 7,000 baby
bath seats and chairs.
According to the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the bath seats/chairs fail to meet the federal safety standard,
including requirements for stability. As a result, the bath seats can
tip over while a baby is in it, posing a drowning hazard to babies. Thankfully,
no injuries have been reported.
For concerned parents, the child product recall includes all Lexibook Baby
Bath Seats and Chairs. The plastic baby bath seats/chairs are intended
for children six months and up. They have a plastic base with suction
cups on the bottom, a back/arm support and a toy tray. “Lexibook”
is stamped on the back/arm support. “Made in China” and “2014
Lexibook Limited IT028/IT029 SN: 1407/VA09” are stamped on the bottom
of the base. They were sold in a variety of colors.
The defective bath seats were sold online at Amazon.com, Unbeatablesale.com,
Wayfair.com and Youngexplorers.com from January 2013 through August 2016.
They cost between $30 and $60.
Given the risk of drowning, the CPSC advises that parents and caregivers
should immediately stop using the recalled baby bath seats. Consumers
can then contact the online retailer where the product was purchased for
return instructions and to receive a full refund, or a refund in the form
of a store credit or gift card, depending on the online retailer.
If your child or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to
a recalled or otherwise defective bath seat, you may be entitled to compensation.
To discuss your legal rights, contact
a San Diego product liability lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.