Bumbo users BEWARE!
A product recall has been issued for almost 5 million of the popular infant floor seats in North America.
In the report all over the news today:
“Millions of the popular Bumbo Baby Seats are being recalled in North America after nearly two dozen reports of babies suffering skull fractures and other injuries after wiggling out of the pint-sized chair.
The recall applies to seats sold from August 2003 to August 2012 at children’s stores and online retailers. The recall affects more than 4.3 million chairs in the United States, and more than 340,000 in Canada.
About 1 million of the moulded foam seats were recalled in October 2007 for additional warning labels against placing the Bumbo seats on raised surfaces, such as tables or kitchen counters.
Since the first recall, The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Bumbo International of South Africa have learned of at least 50 incidents in which babies fell from Bumbo seats while they were being used on raised surfaces.
CPSC says another 34 babies fell from the seats while they were being used on the floor or at an unknown elevation. In all, there were 21 reports of skull fractures to infants.
Consumers are asked to stop using the seats and contact Bumbo for a free repair kit that includes a restraint belt and instructions on how to safely use the seat.
Canadian consumers can call 1-866-477-5144 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday to Friday in order to register for the kit, or visit the Bumbo Canada website.
In a statement, the company said it was adding a restraint belt to enhance the safety of children using the Bumbo 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.
“The health and safety of children using the Bumbo Baby Seat are our top priorities.” “
I have to admit this recall comes as absolutely no surprise to me. I sure hope all the babies who suffered injuries are okay and my prayers go out to their families. My son could thrust himself out of the Bumbo like a champ at 6 months old. If I didn’t pay such close attention to him when he was in it, he could very well have been seriously injured.