Bumbo seats recalled

bumbo-seat-1If you’ve been to a baby shower recently or visited a baby registry list, then you’ve probably seen the Bumbo infant seat. These baby seats, made of molded foam, are hugely popular in families with infants. But if you’re one of the millions of people who have a Bumbo, beware.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Bumbo International are recalling over 4 million Bumbo infant seats because several babies have fallen or gotten themselves out of their seats. This happened when the Bumbo was placed either on a raised surface or used on the floor. The CPSC has gotten reports of babies who suffered skull fractures, bumps, bruising and other injuries.

If you have a Bumbo seat for your baby, the CPSC urges you to stop using the seat right away until you get and install a free repair kit, which includes a safety belt. To order the repair kit, visit recall.bumbousa.com or call (866) 898-4999 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m EST Monday through Thursday, and between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. EST on Friday.

The Bumbo seats were sold in stores nationwide and online, including Sears, Target, Toys R Us (including Babies R Us), USA Babies, Walmart, and other toy and children’s stores from August 2003 through August 2012.

To learn more about this and other recalls, visit cpsc.gov.

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    Honestly, this is one of the most pathetic recalls ever. I’ve had one for 3 years (gone through 4 and almost a 5th child) and my kids have gotten themselves out of their seats but never gotten hurt. As long as parents use COMMON SENSE AND GOOD JUDGEMENT their children shouldn’t get hurt unless they are messing around. This seat should be used on kids who can sit up on their own, and/or walking or minimum crawling, have good control and balance, and obviously (then again after reading this some parents never got the memo) never be used on a raised surface whether you are next to them or not, kids are quicker than a parent 97% of the time. If this is recalled, maybe we should recall car seats for the same reason. This is not a company fault this is a dumb user fault.

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    Thanks for your comment, Kristen. You’re right that parental supervison is always needed, especially when it comes to babies. Most of these kinds of infant seats have age ranges that start as early as 2 or 3 months, which is well before a baby can sit up on their own. And several of the babies who were hurt were seated in a Bumbo on a floor, not just a raised surface. Since there were over 50 incidents of child injury, it’s good to know that CPSC and Bumbo are taking proper action to keep babies safe. Thanks for visiting News Moms Need!

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    I agree that this is a stupid recall. First you can use it with kids who can’t sit up by myself but only if they can hold their heads up. Our child PT give us one to use to help my premee son to learn to sit up but was told not to leave him alone in it and to never leave him in it for long period of time. Kids fall out of alot of stuff and don’t think it is the company fault but I do like the idea of a saftey belt. I think it is a good idea for the company to improve on the design to help make their product better.

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    Vanessa August 17, 2012

    My mother has a daycare centre and 4 or 5 of these seats. She have them now for almost as long as they are on the market and not once did a child got hurt from falling out, because as soon as she see that the child can get out on his own she don’t put him/her back in it. When a child get to the point of climbing out of the seat it means that he/she want to get around on his/her own. They don’t want to be stuck sitting in one place. They want to move around and explore. Sure you can use the seat for feeding the child. If you want the child to sit still in one place, find another way if your child can get out of the bumbo seat on his own. Personally I think this seat is perfect for babies from 2 or 3 months to 5 or 6 mounth. And I recomend the seat to everyone I know.