In July 2006, Dorel Juvenile Group of Columbus, Indiana announced a warning on 250,000 units of Safety 1st Tubside Bath Seats. The warning stated that the bath seats should not be used in sunken bathtubs and certain non-traditional tubs. The bath seat could break or tip over if used in these types of tubs, possibly causing a child to fall into the water and present a submersion hazard. Nine reports of these bath seats breaking in sunken or non-traditional tubs were received. In addition, 67 reports of other causes of breakage were reported, including breaking during assembly or handling of the bath seat. One child was reported to have tipped over in the seat and bruised his head when the bath seat was used in a non-traditional tub. These Safety 1st bath seats are blue and white with a swivel seat, and an elbow cushion on the arm attachment. The words, “Safety 1st” are printed on the front of the bath seat unit, and model number 44301 is visible on the base bottom. Dorel Juvenile Group stressed the importance of following the warnings and instructions set forth in the instructions. These Safety 1st bath seats were sold at discount department stores from December 2003 to August 2004.
Reportedly, the bath seats are not intended for, and should not be used, with certain types of non-traditional or sunken bathtubs. When used in these types of tubs, the seats can break and/or tip over, and the child can fall into the tub. These particular Safety 1st Tubside Bath Seats have Model Number 44301 engraved on the bottom of the base and "Safety 1st" is printed on the front of the units. They are white and blue and have a swivel seat and an elbow cushion on the attachment arm.
On July 6, 2005, the Consumer Product Safety Commission published a recall regarding the Safety 1st Tubside Bath Seat due to a potential drowning hazard. These seats were sold new beginning in December 2003, and about 300,000 units were sold.
baby bath seat is has an unusual design that works great with standard bathtubs, but would not be good for homes with only a standing shower stall. Instead of attaching to the bottom of the tub using suction cups, as many other seats do, it has a swiveling arm that attaches to the side of the tub. This is important if the bathtub has a nonslip coating that would prevent suction cups from adhering properly. The Tubside arm stabilizes the bath seat at the same time as creating a comfortable place for parents to rest their elbows. The bath-seat portion swivels to simplify washing the baby. The Safety 1st Tubside baby bath seat is intended for infants between five months and 10 months of age.