Second voluntary recall issued for Bumbo Baby Seat due to risk of ‘serious injury’
POSTED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 12:15pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 12:19pm
CONSUMER ALERT — Over 4 million Bumbo Baby seats are being voluntarily recalled today due to the risk of “serious injury.” This is the second voluntary recall for this product. The first occurred in October 2007.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that all consumers should stop using the Bumbo Baby Seat immediately unless otherwise instructed. The manufacturer is Bumbo International Trust of South Africa.
Reports say there are at least 50 known incidents where babies have fallen from a Bumbo seat while used on a raised surface. Nineteen of those incidents included reports of skull fractures. CPSC and Bumbo International are aware of an additional 34 post-recall reports of infants who fell out or maneuvered out of a Bumbo seat used on the floor or at an unknown elevation, resulting in injury. Two of these incidents involved reports of skull fractures, while others reported bumps, bruises and other minor injuries.
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.
Consumers should stop using the product immediately until they have ordered and installed a free repair kit, which includes a restraint belt with a warning label, installation instructions, safe use instructions and a warning sticker. They say that the belt should always be used when the chair is placed on a raised surface.
You can 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.