UPDATE: Parents have begun to receive their free Repair Kit for the recalled Bumbo Baby Seat. Detroit Local 4 News reports that the repair kit arrived sooner than expected (in 1 week instead of 2-3 weeks) and installation is simple. In addition to the safety harness and instructions already reported, the Bumbo Baby Seat Repair Kit includes a fitted template that shows you exactly where to insert the pegs for the harness. It may take a bit of force to punch through the seat’s thick foam, but after the pegs are installed, it’s very easy to attach the toddler restraint belt using the repair kit’s washers. Detroit Local 4 reports that the new harness feels snug and secure. Remember, even with the new safety belt, the Bumbo Baby Seat should never be used on an elevated surface and your baby should always be supervised when using the seat. To get your own free Bumbo Baby Seat Repair Kit, email [email protected] or call (866) 898-4999. All new Bumbo Baby Seats sold after August 15, 2012 come with this safety harness already installed.
Does your young child or grandchild have a Bumbo Baby Seat? If so, get your baby out of that seat right now! The Bumbo Baby Seat has been officially recalled due to safety hazards. A review of the product found that the seats are potentially dangerous because your infant isn’t secured when using the seat. Babies can thereby wiggle out of the Bumbo Baby Seat, leading to falls, skull fractures and other serious injuries.
Recall In A Nutshell
** 50 reported incidents of infant falls, including 19 skull fractures.
** Parents and guardians are urged to stop using this product immediately until they order and install a free repair kit, which includes a special infant restraining belt and warning labels.
** Consumers should order this free repair kit online at www.recall.BumboUSA.com or by calling (866) 898-4999. Do NOT return the product to the original point of purchase.
** Even after installing the restraining belt, the Bumbo Baby Seat should never be used on a raised or elevated surface, in a car or in a bathtub or swimming pool.
** Parents and guardians should always supervise their child when using the Bumbo Baby Seat.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Bumbo International reported 50
cases in which infants maneuvered out of the Bumbo Baby Seat. In 19 of these incidents, the children suffered skull fractures. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced this product recall on August 15. Consumers are advised to stop using the Bumbo Baby Seat immediately and keep children away from the product until parents receive and install a free repair kit. Approximately 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats have been sold in the United States online and at brick-and-mortar retail stores such as Sears, Target, Toys R Us, Babies R Us and Walmart. The retail price ranges from $30 to $50.
This isn’t the first time that Bumbo International, a South African company, has had to recall its products. The Bumbo Baby Seat was recalled in 2007 to provide additional warning labels about using the Baby Seat on raised or elevated surfaces. The Bumbo Baby Seat is not intended for use as a high chair or booster seat. However, even when the Bumbo Baby Seat is used properly – on the floor, with adult supervision – the unrestrained infant can still be injured by wiggling out of the molded foam seat. Bumbo International hopes to solve this problem by offering consumers a free repair kit that includes a child restraining belt.
“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,” the company said in a statement. “The health and safety of children using the Bumbo Baby Seat are our top priorities.”
Do You Own This Recalled Product? Get a Free Repair Kit
If you own a Bumbo Baby Seat, do not return it to the store. Instead, parents and guardians are urged to order a free repair kit online at www.recall.BumboUSA.com or by calling (866) 898-4999. Residents of Canada can visit www.bumbocanada.com, email [email protected] or call 1-866-477-5144. International customers are encouraged to email [email protected]
The product repair kit includes a restraining belt with a warning label, installation instructions, a new warning sticker to place on the Baby Seat and additional safety tips. The company has also released a video on its websites demonstrating how to install the new safety belt and offering tips for keeping your infant safe and secure when using the Bumbo Baby Seat. Consumers who have purchased multiple Bumbo Baby Seats may request additional free repair kits.
After you install the restraint belt, it’s important to remember that the Bumbo Baby Seat is designed as a floor seat ONLY. Adult supervision is required at all times when using the seat. Babies must be secured snugly with the new safety belt and the Bumbo Baby Seat must never be placed on a raised or elevated surface such as a bed, chair, sofa or table. It is not safe for use as a car seat, booster seat, high chair or bathtub seat.
Consumers who have additional questions about the Bumbo Baby Seat recall can email [email protected]