Bumbo International Trust has announced a voluntary recall of its popular Bumbo Baby Seats. The manufacturer reports babies can fall out of the seat, risking injury. This recall affects about 4 million products sold in the U.S. The recall was issued in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
There was an earlier recall of Bumbo Baby Seats, issued in October 2007 involving about a million Bumbo seats. The products were recalled in order to add warnings that consumers should not use the seat on an elevated surface.
CPSC and Bumbo International have reports of least 50 incidents that occurred after the October 2007 recall in which babies fell from a Bumbo seat while it was being used on a raised surface. In 19 of those incidents, babies suffered skull fractures.
There were an additional 34 reported incidents of injury after the first recall, when the seats were used on the floor or at an unknown elevation. Two of these included reports of skull fracture. Other reported injuries include bumps, bruises and other minor injuries.
Consumers should stop using the product until they order and install a free repair kit. The kit includes a restraint belt with a warning label, to help prevent babies from maneuvering or falling out of the seat, installation instructions, safe use instructions and a new warning sticker.
The CPSC and the manufacturer say the belt should always be used when a child is placed in the seat. Even with the belt, the seat should never be placed on any raised surface.
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.
Bumbo seats were sold by Sears, Target, Toys R Us and Babies R Us, Walmart and various other toy and children’s stores nationwide, as well as online sellers, from August 2003 through August 2012. The seats retail for between $30 and $50.
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.
A video demonstrating how to install the restraint belt and proper use of the Bumbo seat also is available at the recall website.