Baby Seats Recalled for Repair by Bumbo International Due to Fall Hazard
Consumers should order free repair kit
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of Bumbo Baby Seats and advised consumer to stop using them immediately. The plastic seats pose serious risk of injury, the comission said, because babies can maneuver out of or fall from the seats.
Millions of the popular seats have been sold by Sears, Target, Toys R Us (including Babies R Us), USA Babies, Walmart and other stores nationwide.
In October 2007, 1 million Bumbo seats were voluntarily recalled to provide additional warnings against use on raised surfaces. Since then, at least 50 incidents in which babies fell from a Bumbo seat while it was being used on a raised surface have been reported. Nineteen of those incidents included reports of skull fractures.
The comission has received an additional 34 post-recall reports of infants who were injured by falls from Bumbo seats used on the floor. Two of these incidents involved reports of skull fractures, while others reported bumps, bruises and other minor injuries.
Consumers should immediately stop using the product until they order and install a free repair kit, which includes a restraint belt with a warning label, installation instructions, safe use instructions and a new warning sticker. The belt should always be used when a child is placed in the seat. Even with the belt, the seat should never be used on any raised surface.
Consumers should also immediately stop using Bumbo seat covers that interfere with the installation and use of the belt. A video demonstrating proper installation of the restraint belt and proper use of the Bumbo seat are available at www.recall.BumboUSA.com.
The free repair kit can be ordered at 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.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. You can post your experiences with the product on SaferProducts.gov.
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