February 27, 2003The First Years® Inc. Announce New Safety
Instructions to Prevent Injuries for Combo Baby Tubs/Step Stools
- The First Years Inc., of Avon, Mass., is providing a new instruction sheet
for 120,000 "2-In-1 Fold-Away Tub and Step Stools." When used as a tub,
babies' body parts can be pinched if the product's footrest is not fully
extended so that it clicks into place firmly.
CPSC and The First Years have received 20 reports of babies being pinched
while using these tubs, including one bruising of a baby boy's genitalia and
10 reports of abrasions to toes and feet. This recall to replace the stools'
instructions is being conducted to prevent further incidents.
These "2-In-1 Fold-Away Tub and Step Stools," have model number 3141 written
on the underside of the base. The product is a folding baby bathtub that can
be used as a step stool for an older child. In the step stool position, the
top of the turquoise lid has raised lettering stating "the first years"
followed near the bottom of the lid with the two statements, "MAXIMUM LOAD/POIDS
MAXIMUM: 200lbs/90kg" and "USE ONLY ON A LEVEL SURFACE. N'UTILISER QUE SUR
UNE SURFACE PLANE." In the bathtub position, the seat back has a purple pad.
The base and footrest are both white. Also, on the underside of the base is
a tiny raised clock showing the year of manufacture of the product (i.e.,
"9?9") surrounded by the numbers of the clock. Only products bearing date
codes 1999 and 2000 ("9?9" or "0?0") are included in this program.
Mass merchants nationwide sold these bathtub/stools between January 1999 and
February 2002 for about $17.
Consumers should not use the bathtub until they receive revised instructions
on the use of the tub to prevent the pinching hazard. Consumers should
contact The First Years at (800) 533-6708 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET
Monday through Friday to receive free revised instructions and a warning
label to attach to the product. Consumers can also visit the firm's web site