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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