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Product recall: Baby bath seats fail to meet federal standards

While baby bath seats can certainly make it easier for parents to give their child a bath, it is important to remember that they are simply a bathing aid - and NOT safety devices. The truth is that it only takes a few seconds for a baby to slip out of these seats. In some cases, the suction cups on the bottom of the seats can even detach from the tub's surface, causing the baby to tip over and become trapped underwater.

To make matters worse, baby bath seats are often the subject of product recalls - the most recent of which involving the Lexibook Baby Bath Seats and Chairs. In fact, according to a recall notice issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) - the federal agency responsible for protecting the public from dangerous consumer products - these particular bath chairs fail to meet federal safety standards.

Specifically, the recall notice noted that these bath seats pose a particular risk of tipping over while the baby is in it, thereby increasing the chances of a tragic drowning.

Identifying the recalled defective baby bath seats

As mentioned in the CPSC recall notice, the affected bath seats include all Lexibook Baby Bath Seats and Chairs. Similar to other bath seats, they have a plastic base with suction cups, a back support and toy tray. However, "Lexibook" is stamped on the back support, with "Made in China" stamped on the bottom. Also stamped on the bottom is "2014 Lexibook Limited IT028/IT029 SN: 1407/VA09".

If you have purchased one of these potentially dangerous bath seats, you should stop using it immediately and contact the retailer from which you bought it.

While no injuries or deaths have been linked to this particular defective bath seat, the sad reality is that this recall is simply the most recent example of dangerous child products. In fact, according to a report issued by the CPSC, there were 14 child deaths linked to baby bath seats from 2010 to 2012, the most recent years reported.

If you have a child who has suffered a severe injury because a manufacturer was more concerned with profits than your child's safety, you deserve justice. Contact an experienced products liability attorney today to learn what legal options may be available to you and your family.

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