Posted: Aug 16, 2012 5:52 PM
Updated: Aug 17, 2012 12:37 AM
4 Million Baby Bumbo seats were recalled this week. We always report child safety recalls, and product recalls for the safety of all our children, but this recall seems a little ridiculous! It's not about the product, but more about consumer mis-use. Shouldn't people know better than to use these on raised surfaces?
I have a Bumbo, as does EVERY other mommy I know. I found it to be a life saver when my daughter was really young. She could sit up in it and watch us, play sitting up, and we used it a lot to feed her in. It was easier than putting a little tiny baby in a high chair. Anyway, I like the product and plan to keep it, knowing full and well that it should not be put up on the counter or any raised surface. Bottom-line and one that I find to be a good rule of thumb, don't leave your children unattended, something bad is sure to happen.
Here is the exact recall information:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: Bumbo Baby Seats
Units: About 4 million in the U.S. Note: In October 2007, 1 million Bumbo
seats were voluntarily recalled to provide additional warnings against use on raised surfaces.
Manufacturer: Bumbo International Trust, of South Africa
Hazard: Babies can maneuver out of or fall from the Bumbo seat, posing a risk of serious injuries.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Bumbo International know of at least 50 incidents after the October 2007 voluntary recall in which babies fell from a Bumbo seat while it was being used on a raised surface. Nineteen of those incidents included reports of skull fractures. CPSC and Bumbo International are aware of an additional 34 post-recall reports of infants who fell out or maneuvered out of a Bumbo seat used on the floor or at an unknown elevation, resulting in injury. Two of these incidents involved reports of skull fractures, while others reported bumps, bruises and other minor injuries.
Sold by: Babies R Us, Sears, Target, Toys R Us, USA Babies, Walmart, and various other toy and children's stores nationwide, and various online sellers, from August 2003 through August 2012 for between $30 and $50.
Manufactured in: South Africa
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product until they order and install a free repair kit, which includes: a restraint belt with a warning label, installation instructions, safe use instructions and a new warning sticker. The belt should always be used when a child is placed in the seat. Even with the belt, the seat should never be used on any raised surface. Consumers should also immediately stop using Bumbo seat covers that interfere with the installation and use of the belt. A video demonstrating proper installation of the restraint belt and proper use of the Bumbo seat are available at www.recall.BumboUSA.com .
Consumer Contact: Order the free repair kit by visiting www.recall.BumboUSA.com or calling (866) 898-4999 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. CT on Friday. Do not return the Bumbo seat to retailers as they will not be able to provide the repair kit.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.go