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Commission questions safety of baby bath seats



Published: Sun, June 24, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Commission questions safety of baby bath seats

Baby bath seats are potentially dangerous, warns the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which has announced it is looking into mandated safety standards for the product.

Seventy-eight babies have drowned while using baby bath seats in the past two decades, the commission said.

In some cases, the bath seats tipped over because the suction cups failed. In other cases, babies slipped through the leg holes in the seats and their heads were trapped under water.

Commission Chairman Ann Brown said the bath seats can give parents and caregivers a false sense of security, and babies left unattended even for a moment can be at risk of drowning.

"The labels on the [bath seat] product warn against using them on nonskid surfaces, even though the vast majority of bathtubs sold today have nonskid surfaces" Brown said.

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