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Skull Fractures Prompt Bumbo Baby Seat Recall

Skull Fractures Prompt Bumbo Baby Seat Recall

After receiving reports of at least 50 incidents, including 19 skull fractures, Bumbo International, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, is recalling about four million Bumbo Baby Seats.

There have been at least 50 incidents since an October 2007 voluntary recall of Bumbo Baby Seats 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. There have been 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. Of those, there were two reports of skull fractures. Other injuries included bumps, bruises, and other minor injuries.

The seats were sold by Sears, Target, Toys R Us, Babies 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. They were manufactured in South Africa by Bumbo International Trust.

Description: The bottom of the Bumbo seat is round and flat with a diameter of about 15 inches. It is constructed of a single piece of molded foam and comes in various colors. The seat has leg holes and the seat back wraps completely around the child. On the front of the seat in raised lettering is the word “Bumbo” with the image of an elephant on top. The bottom of the seat has the following words: “Manufactured by Bumbo South Africa Material: Polyurethane World Patent No. PCT: ZA/1999/00030.” The back of the seat has several warnings and seats manufactured since 2008 have an additional label on the front of the seat warning against use on raised surfaces.

If you own a Bumbo Seat, you should stop using it immediately. You can order a 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. The repair kit includes a restraint belt with a warning label, installation instructions, safe use instructions, and a warning sticker.

Bumbo International warns that 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.BumboUSA.com.

Do not return the Bumbo seat to retailers as they will not be able to provide the repair kit.

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Ann Pietrangelo

Ann Pietrangelo is the author of No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis and Catch That Look: Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. She is a freelance writer and member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

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2:19PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

yes geoff w.! ha! I shake my head at recalls... I have already commented on two other recalls, but I'll say it again. WATCH YOUR BABY!!!

12:49PM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

thanks but common sense is needed here

8:00AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Babies need to watched in this type of thing.

6:14AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

I think it's just common sense not to put a baby on a raised surface unattended, especially strapped into some sort of baby seat. My daughter, daughter-in-law and neice all have bumbo seats that they've used for 2 or more of their babies without incident.

4:42AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

ouch

10:14AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Is a dumbo using a bumbo. Simple care of child, don't leave it unattended or use seat on a high surface.

10:56PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

these little seats are fantastic! perfect for feeding you simply CANNOT leave your baby unattended! or put these seats on raised surfaces!!!!!!

11:47AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

The news said there were 4 million of these seats sold, and 50 incidents.

Okay that's 50 / 4 000 000 had accidents. That's about as close to perfectly safe as it is possible to be in a human world.

Don't let ridiculously alarming reports like this rule your world. Do the math: 3,999,950 seats were sold with NO reported accidents.

If you can find another product with a safety record like that, let me know, because I want to buy it!

10:53AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

scary

7:52AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

I feel that parents use those as baby sitters among other things as walkers, jumpers, car seats, swings, etc. You have to be in the same room whenever you place your baby in any thing. Babies fall off changing tables while parents answer phones, leave the room, etc. Does that mean all changing tables should be recalled? It seems to me, in this case, that warning labels against use on raised surfaces were ignored. Babies need to be watched 24/7. Yes, accidents can happen but parents need to use better judgement....even when new gadgets come on the market.

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