On Tuesday, April 1, 2021, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced an official recall of about 5,000 foldable baby bath seats that were sold exclusively on Amazon.com between July of 2020 and October of 2020. As reported by Erin McHugh of ABC10 on April 6th, the reason for the recall is that, “the seats can tip over while it’s in use, which poses a safety risk to babies.”
The product is officially known (and previously sold on Amazon) as the BATTOP Foldable Infant Bath Seat, model number BB2206, and was originally manufactured in Dongguan, China. Purchasers of the BATTOP foldable infant bath seat – specifically, purchasers of the product that’s being recalled – should contact the manufacturer for instructions on how to return the product with free return shipping said to be included. No injuries relating to use of the product have been reported to date.
The recall of foreign-manufactured products intended for infants that are sold on Amazon is not news. We have reported previously on safety issues surrounding the BOB Stroller (link HERE) and Fisher-Price’s “Rock’n’Play Sleeper” (link HERE). In the case of the BOB Stroller, no recall ever took place, and the efforts to remediate the safety issues with the strollers were simply insufficient.
In the case of the Fisher-Price manufactured Rock’n’Play Sleeper, the problem with the lack of product safety testing is highlighted. The product was introduced in 2009 and sold over 4.5 million units the following decade, until a recall was issued due to the product’s direct involvement in 30 infant deaths. The product had only been reviewed and tested by one pediatrician, it was reported.
Much like these two products and the hundreds, if not thousands, of other similar products that have led to unfortunate outcomes, the BATTOP foldable baby bath seat recall brings attention to a dangerous flaw in our nation’s foreign-manufactured product review and safety testing protocols. It’s too easy these days to list a product for sale on Amazon, and when it comes to products intended for infant use, this can turn fatal.
Parents want and deserve convenient products that are safe, not to spend their hard-earned money on flimsy, dangerous products that swept through foreign consumer product regulatory bodies in ways that can only be described as corrupt. Kristensen LLP has years of experience and success in recall law and defective products. We have successfully litigated many lawsuits on behalf of parents seeking compensation for injuries caused by defective children’s products. While we hope such tragedies don’t extend to you and your family, we are here to help guide you through the legal process in order to ensure you and your child receive what was unfortunately taken from you. If you believe you have a claim, whether relating to the BATTOP foldable baby bath seat or another product, call our office for a consultation today!