- August 15, 2012
- Defective product
A revolutionary infant chair designed to fit a baby’s posture and recommended by pediatricians, orthopedists, and physical therapists has been recalled. About four million Bumbo Baby Seats are being recalled after two dozen reports of infant skull fractures that occurred when the infants wiggled out of the seats.
In 2007, approximately one million of the seats were recalled for warning labels informing parents and caregivers against placing the Bumbo seats on raised surfaces, such as kitchen counters or tables.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Bumbo International of South Africa say that there has been at least fifty incidents of babies falling from the seats while they were being used on raised surfaces. Another 34 babies, according to the CPSC, fell from the seats while being used on the floor. In all, 21 reports of skull fractures were reported.
A repair kit for the seats is available from Bumbo. The kit includes a restraining belt and instructions on the use of the belt and can be ordered by either visiting the website www.recall.BumboUSA.com or calling 866-898-4999. These floor seats were sold at Babies R Us, Target, Walmart and other retailers nationwide from August 2003 through August 2012.
The company said in a statement that it was adding a restraint belt to enhance the safety of the children using the seat. “The restraint belt will help prevent children from getting out of or falling from the seat when it is used as intended: on the floor with adult supervision and never on raised surfaces,” said the statement released by Bumbo. The health and safety of children using the Bumbo Baby Seat are our top priorities.”