Four million Bumbo Baby Seats recalled after two dozen reports of skull fractures in infants
Scores of other injuries reportedBabies said to be able to wiggle out of the seatsSecond wave of recalls due to safety risks
Consumers urged to call Bumbo for free repair kit
The South African company behind Bumbo Baby Seats is recalling nearly four million seats in response to scores of reported infant injuries including two dozen cases of skull fractures.
In a second blow for the product, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has found that babies can too easily wiggle out of the floor seats leaving themselves vulnerable to injury.
The news follows a previous warning that the seats were dangerous if placed on raised surfaces.
Big mistake: Bumbo International Trust is voluntarily recalling about 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats after reports of scores of injuries, including skull fractures
About 1 million of the molded foam seatswere recalled in October 2007 for additional warning labels against placing the Bumbo seats on tables or kitchen counters.
Since the first recall, CPSC and Bumbo International of South Africa have learned of at least 50 incidents in which babies fell from Bumbo seats while they were being used on raised surfaces.
Delicate: One million seats were recalled in 2007 for labelling warning against leaving the seats on raised surfaces
CPSC says another 34 babies fell fromthe seats while they were being used on the floor or at an unknown elevation. In all, there were 21 reports of skull fractures to infants.
Consumersare asked to stop using the seats and contact Bumbo for a free repair kit that includes a restraint belt and instructions on how to safely usethe seat.
The repair kit can be ordered by visiting www.recall.BumboUSA.com or calling 866-898-4999.
The right way: Consumers are being advised to call Bumbo to get a free repair kit that comes with a safety belt
In a statement, the company said it was adding a restraint belt to enhance the safety of children using the Bumbo seat.
“The restraint belt will help prevent children from getting out of or falling from the seat when it is used as intended: on the floor with adult supervision and never on raised surfaces,” said the statement. “The health and safety of children using the Bumbo Baby Seat are our top priorities.”
The Bumbo floor seats were sold at Babies R Us, Target, Walmart and other retailers nationwide from August 2003 through August 2012.