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2 million baby bath seats recalled due to skull fractures

BABY BATHERS

DETAILS: Mother's Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers manufactured by Summer Infant Inc., of Woonsocket, R.I.; sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide and online from September 2004 through November 2011. The bathers were manufactured in China.

WHY: When the bather is lifted and/or carried with an infant in it, its folding wire frame can suddenly disengage from the side hinge, dropping the baby out of the bather.

INCIDENTS: The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the company have received seven reports of incidents in the United States, including five reports of infants suffering head injuries from falls from the bathers. Four children between two weeks and two months old received skull fractures, including one that required intensive care for bleeding on the brain. The fifth child received a bump to the head requiring emergency room treatment.

HOW MANY: About 2 million in the U.S., and 65,000 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Contact Summer Infant at 800-426-8627 or visit the firm's website at www.summerinfant.com/batherrepairkit.