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Bumbo recalls 4 million baby seats

Posted August 15, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today the recall of about 4 million Bumbo baby seats.

These are the very popular molded foam seats that allow small infants to sit up. The problem comes when babies are placed in the seats on raised surfaces such as a table or countertop and they fall off.

Back in October 2007, Bumbo seats were recalled to add more warnings against placing the seats on a raised surface. The back of the seat now has warnings and seats manufactured since 2008 have an additional label on the front of the seat warning against use on raised surfaces, according to a press release from the commission.

Even still, since then, there have been at least 50 incidents where babies fell from a Bumbo seat while on a table or other raised surface. Of those infants, 19 suffered skull fractures.

The commission and Bumbo also report that an additional 34 fell out of the seat and were injured while on the floor or at an "unknown elevation," the release says. Two of these incidents resulted in skull fractures, along with assorted bumps, bruises and minor injuries, it says.

So, while many of the babies were injured while on a raised surface, some were injured while sitting on the floor.

Bumbo has a free repair kit, which includes a restraint belt with a warning label, safe use instructions and a new warning sticker. The belt should always be used when a child is in the seat, the release says.

For details, check the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website and Bumbo's recall page.

We've gotten some varied response on Go Ask Mom's Twitter and Facebook page about the recall, but most run along these lines from @jamiemcq15 on Twitter: "OMG, maybe every product needs to have a label saying "You still need to use your brain when using this."

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  • brassy Aug 18, 2012

    Perhaps we should start recalling tables and countertops since do many parents are unaware that gravity affects babies.

  • pulstar40 Aug 16, 2012

    As stated before "There is nothing wrong with these seats, its the people operating them that are the issue."

  • Killian Aug 16, 2012

    *facepalm* So some jack wagons think they can put their infant in one of these on the kitchen counter and walk away? Of course that's the company's fault! Honestly, people.

  • Scubagirl Aug 16, 2012

    let me guess....made in China?

    But seriously it is ultimately up to the parents to be smart and intelligent when using ANYTHING about their children...guess COMMON SENSE is a dying thing

  • LuvLivingInCary Aug 15, 2012

    sorry that we have parent's stupid enough to put this on tables loaded with their kid. and to think they added to the gene pool with an offspring...

  • zoedentist Aug 15, 2012

    Totally agree with a420a240: "You can't fix stupid"! Come on
    parents, take responsibility for your children!!

  • snowl Aug 15, 2012

    Really? Common sense says don't leave baby unattended in this seat and only use on the floor.

  • a420a240 Aug 15, 2012

    You just can't fix stupid.

    There is nothing wrong with these seats, its the people operating them that are the issue.

  • branonmack Aug 15, 2012

    And we wander why America is falling behind the race to be the best country in the world. Ignorance breads ignorance. We gain common sence when we use common sence, when common sence is no longer required of us it is lost, lost in legislation and lost in scociety. There are a lot of lazy dips,in this world but safeguardinig the dips at every turn alows them to be dips, and only ends up costing the diligent, in lost wages, jobs and taxes. Lets let people grow up into self thinking idividuals who are no longer a burden on this country.
    Note: i had to substituts dips for another word, because of the sensorchip on this sight dosn't allow the word starting with "Id" and ending in "iot" to be used.

  • shall6 Aug 15, 2012

    Not all of the babies were injured after falling from a raised surface. As the post says, some were injured while sitting on the floor (which the Bumbo is designed for). But the majority of the injuries (and it appears the more serious ones) were falls from raised surfaces.

    Sarah

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