Bumbo International Trust, the company that makes the Bumbo baby seat, has recalled 4 million Bumbo seats in the U.S. after dozens of reports that babies fell out of the seats, 19 of whom suffered skull fractures. The company, based in South Africa, says that parents and caregivers that own the seats can order a repair kit for free that contains a restraint belt and a sticker that warns against placing the seats anywhere but on the floor. The repair kits can be ordered online on the company's website.
The company says that the child products are designed to be set on the floor, not on elevated surfaces. Not all of the infants who suffered skull fractures fell from elevated surfaces. According to the Los Angeles Times, at least two of the children had skull fractures and one a concussion after getting out of their seat or falling from a seat placed on the ground. These babies hit their heads either on the floor or on nearby toys. Overall, 50 babies were injured after getting out of a carrier placed on the ground or at an unknown height.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission also received 45 reports of babies between the ages of 3 and 10 months falling out of Bumbo seats after the seats were placed on chairs, countertops or tables. Of these incidents, 17 of the babies suffered skull fractures.
Obviously, falls are extremely dangerous for young children and infants because their brains are still developing and it is vital that baby equipment is safe. If you own one of these chairs, order your free repair kit and remember to always supervise your baby in the chairs.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "4 million Bumbo baby seats recalled after infant skull fractures," Tiffany Hsu, Aug. 15, 2012