Bumbo baby seats recall 2012: Bumbo USA recalls 4 million baby seats due to fall hazard

By on Aug 16, 2012 in Lifestyle, Parenting, United States Comments

Bumbo International Trust (or Bumbo USA) announced a voluntary recall on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, of around 4 million baby seats in the US, where babies may maneuver out of or fall from the seat, and may cause them serious injuries; just like in cases from an earlier recall with the same problem.

According to a press release by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on its official website that day, this Bumbo recall is an extension of an earlier recall by the same company back in October 2007, wherein 1 million Bumbo seats were recalled for the same reason.

As noted in the report, there were at least 50 incidents after the earlier recall in which infants fell from a Bumbo seat while it was being used on a raised surface; while another 34 post-recall reports were known, where babies fell out or maneuvered out of a Bumbo seat used on the floor or at an unknown elevation.

The recalled baby seats, which were manufactured in South Africa, where sold at Sears, Target, Toys R Us (including Babies R Us), USA Babies, Walmart, and various other toy and children’s stores across the US, as well as in various online sellers, from August 2003 to August 2012 for between $30 and $50.

For easier identification of the affected product, Bumbo seats have the word “Bumbo” in front and an image of an elephant on top, as shown in the photos below; while at the bottom can be found are the words “Manufactured by Bumbo South Africa Material: Polyurethane World Patent No. PCT: ZA/1999/00030.”

The bottom of the Bumbo baby seat is round and flat with a diameter of about 15 inches, which is constructed of a single piece of molded foam and comes in different colors. It also has leg holes and the seat back wraps completely around the child.

As a remedy, consumers are strongly being advised to immediately stop using them and order free repair kit from the company, which includes a restraint belt with a warning label, installation instructions, safe use instructions and a new warning sticker; and install them before using the seats again.

The free repair kit can be ordered online at www.recall.BumboUSA.com or by 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; with the company emphasizing that the recalled products should not be returned to retailers since they will not be able to provide the repair kit.

Bumbo baby seat
Bumbo baby seat with restraint belt repair (Left, side view; and Right, top view)
Image Credit: CPSC.gov

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