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Infant Injury Hazards Prompt Recalls of Activity Jumpers, Baby Bath Seats, and Drop-Side Cribs

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that some 7,500 Thermobaby Aquababy Bath Seats have been recalled over concerns that they could pose a drowning hazard to infants. The products, for kids 5 to 10 months old, were sold exclusively at Amazon.com from June 2012 through January 2013. SCS Direct Inc. is the importer involved in this voluntary recall.

According to CPSC, the bath seats don’t meet federal safety standards, including the requirement mandated for stability. The hazard is that the bath seats could tip over, potentially causing a baby to fall into the water and drown.

No related injuries have been reported to date. However, consumers should stop using the bath seats right away and ask for a refund.

It takes just a couple of inches of water, covering the mouth and nose areas, and mere minutes for someone to drown. A product designed for infant use in water needs meet all safety standards to minimize this risk. Failure to do so could be reason for a family to file a product defects lawsuit over a drowning injury or death.

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In other infant product recall news, Kids II Inc. is recalling about 400,000 Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers in the US due to an impact hazard. Already, the company has received 100 incident reports, with 61 injuries, including facial lacerations, bruises, one lineal skull fracture, and a chipped tooth to an adult, noted. The model number of the product is 90564.

The safety issue involves the “sun” toy attachment on the jumper, which may rebound forcefully when played with, potentially inflicting injury upon impact. Consumers should stop letting their children use the product and contact Kids II about getting a replacement attachment. The Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers were sold on Amazon.com and Toys R Us, Target and other retail stores between 5/2010 and 5/2013.

Growing babies tend to be tactile and they love playing with tiny and moving objects, especially on kids products and toys intended for such interactions. These products’ parts should be made in a way that impact injury, choking injury, or other types of physical injury is minimized rather than increased.

Meantime, manufacturer Nan Far Woodworking of Taiwan is recalling approximately 3,900 Rockland Furniture round cribs because the product poses fall, suffocation, and entrapment hazards. The problem involves the drop-side rails, which might detach, malfunction, or fail in some other way. Should the rail fall out of place, a space might open up where a toddler or baby might get stuck or entrapped in, upping the chance of suffocation or strangulation. If the rail drops down without warning, the child might fall out.

No crib injuries have been reported so far. Consumers should stop letting their children use the crib until it is repaired. Rockland Furniture is providing the free repair kit.

At The Gilbert Law Group, we represent the families of children and minors injured because of the negligence of others, including manufacturers, sellers, and distributors. We handle nursery product injury claims and child injury cases involving toys, clothing, appliances, household products, lead poisoning, playground accidents, drownings, and motor vehicle crashes.

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