The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced today that 4 million Bumbo baby seats have been recalled after reports of up to 50 babies becoming injured after falling off the seat. Of those injured, nearly two dozen of them were severely injured, suffering from skull fractures.
In 2007, Bumbo issued a similar recall, asking for the molded seats to come back for warning labels asking parents and caregivers to halt use of the seat on elevated surfaces such as tables, chairs or counters. Bumbo International wishes to reinforce to caregivers that the seats on not to be used on raised surfaces ever.
This latest recall is in response to numerous reports of babies being able to wiggle themselves out of the baby seat without a properly installed restraint belt. Bumbo is asking consumers to call them toll free at 866-898-4999 Monday through Thursday between 8 am and 5 pm and Friday between 8 am and 12:30 pm Central time or visit their website to request a free repair kit which includes a safety restraint belt. They are also asking the floor seat not be used until the belt can be installed.
Seats being recalled were sold by various retailers including Target, Walmart, Sears, Toys’R’Us and Babies’R’Us between August of 2003 and August of 2012. The baby seats sold for between $30 – $50.
The company states identifying information from their website as follows:
- 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.
The following instructional video should be viewed for proper use: