Baby Bath Seat Recalls Issued Due to Drowning Hazard
Roughly 41,000 baby bath seats have been recalled due to a failure to meet federal safety standards, posing a risk that the seats may tip over and causing an infant to suffer a head injury or drown while in the bath.
At least three separate baby bath seat recalls were announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on June 18, after products manufactured by different companies were all found to not meet stability standards.
While no injuries have been reported in connection with the infant bath seats, federal safety regulators indicate that they may easily tip over while the child is sitting in them in a bath tub.
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The recall consists of 34,000 Idea Baby Bath Seats imported by Liberty Procurement Co Inc., of Union, New Jersey, 5,600 Baby Bath Seats imported by BeBeLove, of Pico Rivera, California, and 1,950 Idea Baby Bath Seats imported by Chelsea & Scott Ltd, of Lake Bluff, Illinois.
The Idea Baby Bath Seats, which were imported by Liberty Procurement and Chelsea & Scott, have a seat designed for children 5 to 10 months old that is pink or blue with four suction cups on the bottom. The seats have an oval arm rail that runs around the side and back of the seat and has two star shaped spinning toys in the front. The Liberty Procurement seats have “www.ideababy.com”, Idea Baby”, and “Made in Italy” printed on the plastic toy discs and the Chelsea & Scott model has “www.onestepidea.com” “One Step Ahead”, “Idea Baby”, and Made in Italy printed on the toy discs.
The recalled Baby Bath Seats imported by BeBeLove have a plastic seat designed for ages 5 to 10 months old and have a white base with suction cups on the bottom. The seats have a detachable back support bar that can be folded under the seat for storage and a “T-bar” stabilizer in the front that folds for entry. The chairs have blue or pink arm supports and have “Made in Taiwan” and “BBL” engraved under the seat as well as “BeBeLove” printed on a sticker near the back arm support.
The Idea Baby Bath Seats imported by Liberty Procurement were made in Italy and sold at Buy Buy Baby, Bed Bath & Beyond stores and online at bedbathbeyond.com and buybuybaby.com from September 2012 through April 2013 for about $40. The Baby Bath Seats imported by BeBeLove were sold online by Amazon.com, Diapers.com, Overstock.com, and other various online retailers from May 2011 through November 2012 for between $19 and $30. The Chelsea & Scott model Idea Baby Bath Seats were sold exclusively at Onestepahead.com from February 2013 through May 2013 for roughly $40.
Consumers have been advised to stop using all models of the recalled baby bath seats and to contact the either BeBeLove toll free at 888-464-1218 or visit them online at www.bebeloveusa.com, Chelsea & Scott at 866-271-4536 or visit them online at onestepahead.com, or if in possession of the Idea Baby Bath seats from Liberty Procurement consumers should return the product to any Buy Buy Baby or Bed Bath & Beyond to receive a store credit. Consumers may also contact Buy Buy Baby at 877-328-9222 or visit them online at buybuybaby.com.
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