Popular Bumbo Baby Seat Recalled After Several Infant Injuries
Bumbo International Trust is voluntarily recalling millions of their popular molded foam Bumbo Baby Seat because of nearly two dozen reports of serious injuries to infants. The company is working closely with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure that the issues with the seat can be easily corrected to prevent more injuries.
The Bumbo Floor Seat is designed to help young babies sit up who cannot do so themselves yet. There are features that support the infant’s posture and allow them to interact with their surroundings. They are sold at many large department stores including Target, Walmart, and Babies R Us and cost between $30 and $50.
According to Bumbo International, “The floor seat stabilizes the child into slight hip flexion, placing the pelvis in a slight anterior pelvic tilt which facilitates lumbar extension. This action, combined with the gentle curve of the seat back that matches the natural curve of the rib cage, facilitates the baby around the lower ribs and trunk for stabilization. The Seat allows for active practice of the head and postural trunk control. It also allows a child the pelvic stability needed to get the hands into the mid line for play. Upright positioning facilitates an improved visual field of the environment, improved respirations and breath control, assists a baby who needs to be upright after feeding due to reflux and many other benefits.”
Unfortunately, babies can wiggle out of the floor seats. A recall was initiated in October 2007 and a warning label added to the product reminding parents not to place the Bumbo seat on a raised surface, such as a table or counter.
However, since the recall, injuries have continued. The CPSC says that there have been reports of 21 skull fractures related to babies falling out of the foam seats. The majority of these have occurred because of the seat being placed on an elevated surface, but two babies suffered fractures even though they were appropriately placed on the floor.
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. Do not return the Bumbo Seat to the store.
“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.”
Customers can call toll-free at (866) 898-4999 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT on Friday or contact the company through the website at www.recall.bumboUSA.com. Canada residents can bumbocanada.com , email [email protected] or call 1-866-477-5144 toll-free. For residents outside the US and Canada, please email [email protected]