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Popular Bumbo infant floor seat recalled

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About 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats are being recalled after nearly two dozen reports of infant skull fractures.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says babies can wiggle out of the floor seats.

About 1 million of the molded foam seats were recalled in October 2007 for additional warning labels against placing the Bumbo seats on raised surfaces, such as tables or kitchen counters.

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. CPSC says another 34 babies fell from the seats while they were being used on the floor or at an unknown elevation. In all, there were 21 reports of skull fractures to infants.

Consumers are asked to stop using the seats and contact Bumbo for a free repair kit that includes a restraint belt and instructions on how to safely use the seat. The repair kit can be ordered by visiting www.recall.BumboUSA.com or calling 866-898-4999.

In a statement, the company said it was adding a restraint belt to enhance the safety of children 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 surfaces,” said the statement. “The health and safety of children using the Bumbo Baby Seat are our top priorities.”

The Bumbo floor seats were sold at Babies R Us, Target, Walmart and other retailers nationwide from August 2003 through August 2012.

Associated Press

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Comments
  • comment avatar Marianne August 15, 2012

    its the parents and caregivers that should be recalled not the seat! its the parents and caregivers not using common sense to protect their baby!

  • comment avatar Reagan August 15, 2012

    This recall is ridiculous. It doesn’t need straps, it needs logical parents.

  • comment avatar Erika August 15, 2012

    Love the Bumbo! The seat is fine. Don’t be an idiot and put your kid up on a table or the counter while sitting in it!

  • comment avatar Jolene August 15, 2012

    The kids will get hurt even with straps if their stupid parents are still putting them in them on high places…

  • comment avatar Kayla August 15, 2012

    Sounds like they need to recall stupid parents, not the seat. We have a Bebe Pod. I don’t think they’ve ever been recalled but at the same time, I’m not a piece of crap parent who would put my child in a dangerous position.

  • comment avatar Nicole August 15, 2012

    Used it and Loved it! My boy had chubby legs though so he stayed in it pretty good.

  • comment avatar Maria August 15, 2012

    I loved the Bumbo!! Best & most needed accessory!

  • comment avatar Heather August 15, 2012

    I used it with both of my children and never had any issues. I put it on the floor on a blanket or carpet so if they did fall over it was a soft landing. Loved it, it helped them develop their core muscles!

  • comment avatar JoAnn August 15, 2012

    Nope, never used it.

  • comment avatar Lindsay August 15, 2012

    Yes and I never put it on a high surface – my daugther has been able to get out of it since she was 6 months old. I just mostly use it to keep her contained for a quick meal!

  • comment avatar Kendra August 16, 2012

    For the record… I’m not a “piece of crap parent,” an “idiot,” and I do possess plenty of common sense. I did place my son in his bumbo on our countertop while cleaning bottles at the sink and while both his dad and I were in the kitchen. I assumed that the bumbo, which we’d had him in a number of times, was a safe place for him to sit. We were not, at the time, aware that he could get out of it in any way! The absolute horror of hearing your baby hit the tiled kitchen floor is one of the worst sounds in the world. I do not wish it happening to anyone. The immense guilt I felt for allowing something like that to happen still makes my stomach turn! We truly thought he was safe. He was fine and has no residual side effects from the fall.

    Please be more thoughtful with your words and judgment. Not all babies who have fallen from a bumbo are suffering from being raised by imbeciles! I am a first time mother and I made a mistake that could have had a very different result. I learned from it the hard way and you better believe I now take my time to make sure my son is in safe surroundings. You all seem to be moms… haven’t you ever made a mistake? As I said, please be more thoughtful and less judgmental. We are all in this thing called motherhood together after all.

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