Recalls of children’s products are serious business. Usually, I take them very seriously. I want to make sure I am providing the safest environment for my child. But recalling a baby bath seat due to a “drowning hazard” makes me wonder. Are there actually parents who would leave their children unattended in a bath? There can’t be – right?

BabyCenter News reports the company Dream On Me has announced a recall of about 50,000 bath seats in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The bath seats fail to meet federal safety standards for stability. The seats can tip over, posing a drowning hazard. The company has received five reports involving the bath seats, including one report of a baby nearly drowning. The baby did not require medical treatment.

Um, what? How in the world would a baby nearly drown in this thing if a parent was present? I’m searching my brain for an answer and honestly I am at a loss. I thought it was just assumed that if there were a product that involved being used around water, presence of a parent and parental ability to assist the child were a must. No?

The company does not make any claims that this product provides a safer alternative than bathing baby without it. It simply claims to “make it much easier to bathe your baby.” This is probably true. Holding a squirmy, wet baby is not easy.

In any case, the CPSC recommends if you have one of these baby seats, you should stop using it immediately and contact Dream on Me for a replacement seat or tub. The CPSC website has a complete list of the recalled model numbers. For additional information, contact Dream On Me at (877) 201-4317 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s website.

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