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The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide Recall of the Week: Inflatable baby floats

Baby & Me Combo

About 4 million inflatable baby floats manufactured in China by Aqua-Leisure Industries, of Avon, Mass., are being recalled.

The leg straps in the seat of the float can tear, causing children to unexpectedly fall into or under the water, posing a risk of drowning, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Thirty-one reports of float seats tearing, causing children to fall into or under the water, have been received. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled inflatable baby floats were sold in a variety of styles and colors. The names and model numbers are located on the packaging.

A date between 08/02 and 07/08 is molded on the valves of recalled products. Products not included in the recall can be identified with the lettering “NP” molded on the valve.

Deluxe Baby Boat

The following names are included in this recall:

  • Baby & Me Combo
  • Deluxe Baby Boat
  • Deluxe Toddler Racer
  • Cozy Crab Sunshade Float/Crabby Baby Boat
  • Ticklish Turtle Sunshade Float/Baby Boat
  • Toddler Race Boat
  • Aquarium Baby Float
  • Baby Adjustable Sunshade Boat; Adjustable Canopy Sunshade Float; Child’s Baby Boat w/ Canopy
  • Sunshade Wave Rider Float; Child’s Wave Rider
  • Sunshade Buggy; Sunshade Water Buggy (Girl/Boy)
  • Kiddie Cabin Cruiser
  • Sing-Along Wave Rider
  • Quacker Float
  • Squirtin' Tootin' Tugboat

See this link for the model numbers.

Three of the styles in the recall are shown in this post. See the link for other styles being recalled.

Deluxe Toddler Racer

The baby floats were sold at juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide, including Target, Toys “R” Us, Wal-Mart, Dollar General, Kmart, Walgreens, Ace Hardware, and Bed, Bath & Beyond from December 2002 through June 2009 for between $8 and $15.

Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled inflatable baby floats and contact Aqua-Leisure for a full refund, the commission advises.

For additional information, contact Aqua-Leisure at 866-807-3998 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at

For more information on recalled products, see

Copyright 2009, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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