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Safe Step Walk-In Tubs Recalled

Walk-in tubs are supposed to make the bathroom a safer place for those with mobility issues. Unfortunately, one walk-in tub manufacturer just announced a product recall due to a serious burn hazard (1).

That manufacturer is Oliver Fiberglass. Oliver Fiberglass created the Safe Step Walk-In Tub. The tub features a heated seat that can get stuck in the “on” position, creating a burn hazard to customers.

The fiberglass tub shell was manufactured by Oliver Fiberglass while the heated seat itself was made by NuWhirl Systems.

An estimated 6,400 units are affected across the United States (2). Already, 11 separate overheating cases have been reported – although no injuries have been reported thus far.

The affected units include Safe Step walk-in, hydro-massage bath tubs with heated seats. The recalled tubs have model numbers LP2848, LP2851, LP2853, LP3153 or LP3255 and serial numbers 124423 through 131569 containing the prefix HS, HSHY, HSHS, HSMB or MBHS. The model and serial numbers are located on the back of the small access panel on the faucet end of the tub.

The tubs were distributed by Safe Step Walk-In Tub Co. of Nashville, Tennessee. All tubs were manufactured in the United States.

What to Do If You’re Affected

If you have an affected unit, then there’s no need to replace your tub. Oliver Fiberglass is currently contacting tub owners directly. Tub owners will be told to avoid putting towels or other items on the seat. Oliver Fiberglass is also issuing new warning stickers to place on the tub.

So far, there have been 11 reports of overheating across the United States (3). No injuries have been reported yet – although it’s easy to see how minor or serious burns can occur due to this product safety hazard.

Were you or a loved one injured by the Safe Step Walk-In Tub or any other product hazard? Contact Oklahoma City consumer advocate Joe Carson to instantly schedule a free consultation and learn why you may be owed compensation under Oklahoma State law.

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