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New Federal Safety Standards for Infant Bath Tubs

by Jared Staver in Product Liability

Infant bath tubs have caused hundreds of injuries and a couple dozen deaths in the United States. For this reason, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has approved a new safety standard that is designed to improve infant bath tub safety and reduce the number of drownings that arise.

If you have purchased a bath tub for your infant that has led to an injury or fatality, it’s vital to contact a Chicago product liability attorney with Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. as soon as possible.

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What Does the New Federal Standard Entail?

As defined by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, infant bath tubs are designed to hold water and be placed into a sink, adult bath tub, or on top of other surfaces to provide support for an infant who is in a sitting, standing, or in a reclining position while being bathed.

Products such as foldable tubs, inflatable tubs, bath tubs with spa features like whirlpool settings, bucket style tubs, and handheld showers are all covered under the category of infant bath tubs. Therefore, all of these products must adhere to the new federal standard.

The new standard for infant tubs entails several requirements that include latching and locking mechanisms, load testing, and drowning and fall warnings. In addition to this new standard, the CPSCP is encouraging parents to never leave their children unsupervised in infant bath tubs, always keep them within an arm’s reach to avoid falls, never allow young children to watch infants in tubs, and perform CPR in emergencies.

What Happens If Manufacturers Do Not Adhere to the New Federal Standard?

Manufacturers and distributors of infant bath tubs are required to adhere to the new federal standard. Anyone who purchases an infant bath tub that does not meet the new requirements and includes the necessary warnings has the right to file a product liability claim if an injury or death occurs. A product liability claim may help you obtain full and fair compensation to pay for medical bills and pain and suffering.

Contact a Product Liability Attorney at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

If your child has been injured or lost their life because of a faulty infant bath tub, toy, or another dangerous product designed for infants or children, you must consult a skilled Chicago product liability lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.. We will review your case, determine the liability in your situation, and work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you may be entitled to.

Call us at (312) 236-2900 for your free consultation.