Babies and young children can drown in less than 2 inches of water. That’s why it is vital that parents and caregivers never leave a baby or young child unattended while they are near or in water.
When bathing their infant, parents will sometimes attach a bath float to their child to help keep his or her head above water. While the float may offer some assistance, critics warn that the device can give parents a false sense of security that their child is protected from drowning.
Otteroo Corporation makes inflatable baby floats that are specifically designed for babies 8 weeks and up.
The company is recalling about 3000 units of their inflatable Baby Floats after receiving 54 reports of broken seems on the product. No injuries have been reported.
The Otteroo Inflatable Baby Float is an inflatable round ring made of clear and blue plastic material. It has two air chambers that fasten around a baby’s neck with a white buckle. The floats have a chin rest, two handles and two circular openings on the back of the ring to allow the device to expand as the child grows with age. There are three colorful balls that move freely around inside the ring. The name “Otteroo” is imprinted on the top of the float in large, orange letters with an Otter logo.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled inflatable baby floats and contact the firm to receive a free replacement.
The floats were sold online at Otteroo.com and Amazon.com and Zulily.com from January 2014 through July 2014 for about $35.
Consumers can contact Otteroo Corporation at (415) 236-5388 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online www.otteroo.com and click on “Safety” at the bottom of the page for more information.
According to their website, Otteroo is offering a free replacement for those who purchased the product manufactured in 2014 (NO: 002013001).