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Product recall: Bumbo seat

Many California parents may have used the popular Bumbo infant seat. But what if a product, which was intended to secure your child, was actually insufficient? Recently, a recall has been issued due to nearly two dozen reports of infants suffering skull fractures while using the seats. The defective product recall affects approximately 4 million of the seats.

Actually, consumers should know that this is the second recall for the Bumbo seat. In October 2007, approximately 1 million of the seats were recalled to add extra warning labels to the seat, warnings parents to not use the Bumbo on elevated surfaces. Since the 2007 recall, there have been 50 or more incidents of babies falling out of the seats while they were being used on a surface higher than the floor. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that an additional 34 babies fell out of the seats while on the floor or at an unknown height. In total, 21 infants suffered skull fractures.

If you own the seats, do not use them and contact the company to receive a free repair kit. The repair kit has a safety belt and instructions on how the Bumbo seat should be properly used. The belt could prevent babies from wiggling out of the seat, as long as the seat is used as instructed. The seats were sold all over the United States at various retailers between August 2003 and August 2012.

When a parent purchases a product for their infant or child, they should not have to worry about potential dangers or a defective product. Although the Bumbo appears to be a very popular product, dozens of infants have sustained injuries from falling out of the seats. Parents who have used the seat should report any accidents that occurred while using this product. Serious injury after using this or any other defective product could allow an individual or parent of a child to seek a personal injury claim against the manufacturer.

Source: Fox News, "Infant skull fractures prompt recall of 4 million Bumbo Floor Seats," Aug. 15, 2012

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