Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
Bumbo International and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have announced a recall of 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats in response to at least 50 incidents occurring between 2007 and now. Of the 50, 19 incidents involved reports of skull fractures, reports the CPSC.
The company issued a voluntary recall of 1 million of the seats in 2007, warning parents of the dangers of placing the seats on elevated surfaces such as tables, countertops, and chairs.
In November 2011, the CPSC issued additional warnings to parents, describing at least 45 serious head injuries caused by the seats designed to support babies learning to sit upright. The warning also reported of incidents that occurred when the Bumbo seats were placed on the floor or an unknown elevation.
The CPSC orders against any use of the seats until parents order a free repair kit offered by Bumbo International. The kit includes: a restraint belt (as shown in the image above), installation instructions, safe use instructions, and a new warning sticker, according to the site.
Watch the video below to learn how to properly use the Bumbo:
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Friday, December 16th, 2011
Warnings and news stories continue to come out against the Bumbo seat, and Parents News Now blogger Holly Lebowitz Rossi recently wrote about a lawsuit against the company involving a 9-month-old who fractured his skull after falling out of the chair. In October 2007, Bumbo issued a voluntary recall of the chairs and though they remain on the market today, they carry a warning label advising parents not to use the product on elevated surfaces. More recently, in November 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a release urging parents to use caution when using the Bumbo because serious head injuries continue to be documented despite the recall and warning label. These accidents have occurred when the seats were placed on chairs, countertops, tabletops, or other high surfaces, but also when used on the floor (cases have been reported of babies falling and hitting their heads on a hardwood floor or plastic toy). Children can fall out of the seats by arching their backs, leaning forward or sideways, or rocking.
Since the Bumbo is still sold in stores, we encourage you to take the following precautions if you have one in your house:
- Don’t use the Bumbo or similar seats on a tabletop, chair, countertop, or other elevated surface or on a hardwood floor.
- Keep your eyes on your baby at all times while he’s in the seat.
- Take your baby out of the seat as soon as he starts arching his back, leaning, or rocking in it.
What do you think? Should Bumbo be obligated to tweak its product so it’s safe, even when there’s no parental supervision? Or is it enough to put a warning label on the product and say it must be used with parental supervision? Do you own a Bumbo? Why or why not? Were you previously aware of these warnings, and have you ever left the room while your baby was in the seat?
Image from Bumbo.com
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