A popular baby product is being recalled after reports of skull fractures in infants. The Bumbo Recall will affect around four million seats sold, and according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission the baby seats are unsafe because infants can get out of them. The company had to recall a million or so back in 2007 because they did not include a warning label telling parents not to use the seat on a raised surface. The company issued instructions that the seats were only to be used on the floor in that recall. For most with children, this is common sense, even without a warning label, because every parent knows that babies are like little Houdinis and can escape from just about anything.
Bumbo International, the South Africa based company that manufactures the seats, and the CPSC, have discovered fifty or more incidents where babies fell from the seat while placed on a raised surface. There were other reports of babies falling from an unknown height, or on the floor. At least 20 of the reports filed said that the infants suffered from a skull fracture.
The company is asking consumers to ask for a repair kit, which includes proper instructions as well as a safety restraint to prevent children from being able to wriggle out of the seat. The company released a statement that said, in part, “The restraint belt will help prevent children from getting out of or falling from the seat when it is used as intended.”
The Bumbo recall will certainly affect sales, as the popular baby seats are available at retailers like Wal-Mart, Babies-R-Us and Target. Bumbo International has sold them nationwide since 2003.