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Summer Infant's Lil' Luxuries Bathtub; image courtesy of www.NBC-2.com.

We all want our world’s children to be safe. That’s why this story is an important one to share with anyone you know who has kids two-years-old or younger and who has one of these recalled baby bathtubs. Baby product company Summer Infant issued a voluntary baby bathtub recall due to impact and drowning risks.

Summer Infant's Lil' Luxuries Bathtub; image courtesy of www.CPSC.gov.
Summer Infant’s Lil’ Luxuries Bathtub; image courtesy of www.CPSC.gov.


The cause behind the recall is a simple, white plastic clip that is missing on around 86,000 fabric slings. The slings attach to the Lil’ Luxuries Whirlpool, Bubbling Spa & Shower bathtubs. The slings hold the children for bathing and the missing clip would connect the headrest portion of the sling to the bathtub. Minus the clip, the headrest can slip, allowing children to either bump their heads or even drown.

Missing clip (left); clip in place (right). Image courtesy of www.CPSC.gov.
Missing clip (left); clip in place (right). Image courtesy of www.CPSC.gov.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), no serious injuries or incidents of drowning have occurred. However, 91 reports of the slings coming loose have been made, with 11 babies experiencing minor impacts (head bumps).

What’s Being Recalled?

The recall covers the Lil’ Luxuries Whirlpool, Bubbling Spa & Shower tubs. These tubs come with battery-powered motorized water jets.

  • The items recalled were sold from October 2012 – October 2013;
  • Item numbers include: 18840, 18850, 18863 and 18873;
  • A four-digit code indicates when the bathtubs were made. The format is the first two numbers are the year and the last two are the month; for example, “1310” is October 2013;
  • The manufacture date codes included in the recall are: 1210, 1211, 1212, 1301, 1302, 1303, 1304, 1305, 1306, 1307 and 1308.

The bathtubs are available through stores such as Toys “R” Us, Babies “R” Us, and online sources such as Amazon, Buy Buy Baby, JC Penney, Walmart, Burlington Coat Factory, Kohl’s, Target and Diapers.com. The typical cost of the bathtubs is $60.00 and they come in four different colors. The color is not a consideration in the recall.

Summer infant and the CPSC both want customers to know that these recalled bathtubs may have been and could still be sold secondhand.

If you have one of the recalled bathtubs, the company is advising that “affected consumers should immediately stop using the fabric sling and contact Summer Infant for a replacement fabric sling with a white plastic attachment clip.”

How do you do that? Visit Summer Infants website and fill out a form. The free replacement should arrive within 7 – 10 days. If you have questions about the product or the recall, please contact Summer Infant at 844-612-4254 from 9AM – 5PM EST Monday – Thursday and 9AM – 3PM on Friday. It is a toll-free call.

Sources:

Infant bathtub slings recalled due to drowning risk

Summer Infant Recalls Infant Bath Tubs Due to Risk of Impact Injury and Drowning

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