The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced three separate recalls over baby bath seats that may pose a drowning hazard to infants. The first recall, voluntarily conducted with the cooperation of BeBeLove, involves approximately 5,600 units.
The concern is that the bath seats don’t meet safety standards, including stability requirements, which means that they may tip over, potentially causing a baby drowning accident. So far no related injuries have been reported, but consumers should to stop using this product immediately. If you contact BeBeLove, the manufacturer will give you a full refund.
The other recall, involving Buy Buy Baby, involves about 34,000 Idea Baby Bath Seats. The recall was issued over similar stability and failure to meet safety standard concerns that make the products a drowning risk. Buy Buy Baby also will refund consumers’ money, and customers should stop using the recalled bath seats right away. No related drowning accidents or injuries have been reported.
A third recall, involving 1,950 Chelsea & Scott Idea Baby Bath seats, was announced, again for similar reasons. The manufacturer also is offering a refund.
At The Gilbert Law Group, our child injury lawyers know how quickly a drowning accident can turn tragic. We represent the families of kids injured or killed in incidents that occurred in swimming pools, hot tubs, bathtubs, buckets, toilets, and in other places in and around a home or another property that were caused by the negligence of others. Contact our drowning injury law firm today.
According to the CPSC, about 87 kids under age 5 drown around and in the home alone every year. (This count doesn’t include drownings that occur in pools.) 80% of these incidents occur in bathtubs. Drowning is the number one cause of accidental deaths involving kids in the 1 to 4 age group.
You should know that it requires just a few inches of water for a drowning death to happen and in only a few minutes. It is important that parents, guardians, and caregivers don’t leave kids unsupervised in a bathtub, make sure toilet lids are closed (toddlers tend to be top heavy and can easily tip over when walking), and empty out buckets, wading pools, and small containers with liquids when they are not in use.
With summer here, our drowning injury attorneys would be remiss if we didn’t remind our readers that drowning accidents can also happen in pools when inadequate supervision, failure to provide gates or locks around the swimming pool, failure to drain off-ground pools and wading pools, and improperly fitted pool drains. Swimming accidents can occur on public and private premises.
A property owner can end up the defendant of drowning accident lawsuit if failure to childproof a premise or pool area from accidents results in a drowning injury or death. A product manufacturer can be sued for products liability, if an item, designed for use in the bathtub, a pool, or a hot tub causes/fails to prevent a drowning incident from happening.
While some people are fortunate enough to surviving near drownings, but deprivation of oxygen may lead to permanent brain injury and other disabilities. You want to work with an experienced drowning injury law firm that knows how to recover compensation in these types of injury cases.