So, I always felt like these things were a little dangerous, especially when Alex figured out that arching her back pulled her butt off the seat… She would lose her balance and the Bumbo always looked like it was going to tip – the main
reason while she was always under supervision when she was in it.
The new safety belt feature of the Bumbo will make it a heck of a lot safer, and a great lounge chair for little munchkins everywhere.
As with most awesome things – the product is only as safe as its user. So NEVER by any means place precious little humans in these things on a table, counter, or other high place. The whole reason for the safety recall is because of multiple reports of Skull Fractures after babies fell from raised surfaces. I must say I was guilty of putting Alex on the table while we ate dinner, and a couple times on the coffee table while we watching TV – but always under close supervision.
Hopefully these new safety belts will reduce the # of babies getting hurt, and keep this cool chair on the market.
Check out what the new Bumbo will look like
Pretty Cool huh? We loved the Bumbo with Alex. And clearly, she loved it too.
Here’s the Media release for some more details:
Baby Seats Recalled for Repair by Bumbo International Due to Fall Hazard – Consumers should order free repair kit
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Bumbo Baby Seats
Units: About 4 million in the U.S. Note: In October 2007, 1 million Bumbo seats were voluntarily recalled to provide additional warnings against use on raised surfaces.
Manufacturer: Bumbo International Trust, of South Africa
Hazard: Babies can maneuver out of or fall from the Bumbo seat, posing a risk of serious injuries.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Bumbo International know of at least 50 incidents after the October 2007 voluntary recall in which babies fell from a Bumbo seat while it was being 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.
Description: 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.
Sold by: Sears, Target, Toys R Us (including Babies R Us), USA Babies, Walmart, and various other toy and children’s stores nationwide, and various online sellers, from August 2003 through August 2012 for between $30 and $50.
Manufactured in: South Africa
Remedy: 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
Consumer Contact: 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.