Bumbo Baby Seats Recalled in US Due to Infant Fall Hazard
For those who have babies, this is an important announcement for you as it involves the safety of your children.
Parents of babies who are using Bumbo Baby Seat are being advised to stop using them as they are potentially dangerous.
Yesterday, August 15, 2012, Bumbo International Trust announced a voluntary recall of more than 4 million of its baby seats sold at Babies R Us, Target, Sears, Walmart and other retailers nationwide from August 2003 through August 2012 for between $30 and $50. About 341,991 units of the recalled baby seats were sold in Canada, and 4,325,710 units were purchased in the US.
The recall was issued due to the possibility of the babies being maneuvered out of or fall from the seat, and may cause them serious injuries. This was the second recall made by the South African-based company after making an earlier recall five years ago in October 2007 where in 1 million Bumbo baby seats are recalled for the same reason.
In a statement, the company said it was adding a restraint belt to enhance the safety of babies 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 surface. The health and safety of children using the Bumbo Baby Seat are our top priorities,” said the statement.
Since the first recall, CPSC 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. Another 34 post-recall incidents were reported where babies fell out or maneuvered out of a Bumbo seat used on the floor or at an unknown elevation. All in all, there were 21 reports of skull fractures to infants.
Bumbo’s voluntary recall safety information site gives tips on how to identify the affected baby seat product.
The product subject to the recall can be identified in several ways:
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 also have warnings on the front of the seat against use on raised surfaces.
For easier identification of the affected product, Bumbo seats have the word “Bumbo” in front and an image of an elephant on top, as shown in the photos below; while at the bottom can be found are the words “Manufactured by Bumbo South Africa Material: Polyurethane World Patent No. PCT: ZA/1999/00030.”
Consumers are beings asked to stop using the baby seats and contact Bumbo for a free repair kit that includes a restraint belt, instructions on how to safely use the seat, and a new warning sticker which should be installed before using the seats again.
The free repair kit can be ordered by visiting www.recall.BumboUSA.com or by 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