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November 22, 2022 – The CPSC is urging consumers to immediately stop the use of LUMI and MINI infant flotation rings sold by the San Francisco, CA-based Otteroo Corporation . This warning also applies to discontinued models of Otteroo infant flotation rings: the Version 1, sold from 2014 to 2015, and the Version 2, sold from 2015 to 2018.
CPSC issued this warning after determining that Otteroo infant flotation rings can deflate during use or storage, causing the child occupant to slide out of the rings into the water, which can lead to serious injury or death.
The agency is aware of at least 68 incidents where infants slipped through the head opening of the flotation ring and required immediate rescue by a caregiver.
“One infant has died by drowning and one infant was seriously injured after slipping through an Otteroo infant flotation ring,” CPSC said. “The death occurred in 2020 in Maine and involved a six-month old. The serious injury occurred in 2020 in New York and involved a three-month old.”
The affected Otteroo floaties have been sold nationwide since January 2014 for between $24 to $40. Despite the infant death, injury, and nearly 70 other dangerous incidents involving the flotation devices, Otteroo has refused to agree to CPSC’s request to recall the products.
The MINI and LUMI are clear, inflatable rings designed to fit around the neck of an infant. The word “otteroo” is printed on the top of the rings, which have an illustrated white otter with an inflatable ring around its neck. Earlier models also bear the word “otteroo,” feature an illustrated white otter, and are constructed of both clear and blue plastic material.
If you purchased an Otteroo Floatie that is affected by this recall, you should stop using it, take it away from children and throw it away immediately. The CPSC is urging consumers NOT to resell or donate the Otteroo infant flotation rings so other babies are not put in danger.
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