According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children between the ages of 1 and 4. The Consumer Product Safety Commission also reports that each year between 2011 to 2013, an average of 390 children (ages 0-14) died in drowning accidents in pools and spas. Accidental drownings happen quickly. Thus, it is important for parents to always supervise their children when they are at community pools, spas or friends’ pools.
Many parents use floats or puddle jumpers for their young children when going in the water. The floats can go around children’s arms or stomach. The mistake many parents make is that they believe their children are not going to drown because they are wearing flotation devices. They create a false sense of security. Floats may come off of children or deflate like the floats that were recently recalled.
Earlier this month, Otteroo Corp. recalled about 3,000 of its baby floats due to drowning risk from deflations. The seam on the floatation device can leak air and deflate.
The Otteroo Inflatable Baby Float is an inflatable round ring made of clear and blue plastic material. The baby 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. Three colorful balls move freely inside the ring. The name “Otteroo” is on the top of the floats in large, orange letters with an Otter logo.
There have been 54 reports of broken seams, and fortunately, no injuries have been reported. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled baby floats and contact the company to receive a free replacement.
The baby floats were sold on the company’s website, as well as other online retailers such as Amazon.com and Zulily.com, from January 2014 to July 2014 for about $35.
If you or a loved one was injured by a recalled product, you may have legal rights. The manufacturers of the recalled dangerous products may be responsible for the accidents and injuries. Call Daniel J. O’Brien, Esq. at White and Williams to inquire about your legal rights. FREE consultations – 877.944.8396