When it comes to your baby’s health, does a fractured skull appeal to you? If not, I suggest you return that Bumbo Baby Seat. Infants aged 3-10 months old have fallen out of the Bumbo seat, suffering fractured skulls and other injuries.
Bumbo Baby Seat manufacturers Bumbo International Trust of South Africa (“Bumbo International”) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are urging parents and caregivers to never place Bumbo Baby Seats on tables, countertops, chairs, or other raised surfaces. They are currently aware of 45 incidents in which infants fell out of a Bumbo seat while it was used on an elevated surface after an October 25, 2007 voluntary recall of the product.
This recall required new warnings on the seat, deterring elevated use of the product. Since the recall, there have been 17 reported injuries by infants who suffered skull fractures, involving both recalled Bumbo seats and Bumbo seats sold after the recall with the additional warnings.
The Bumbo seat is marketed to help infants sit in an upright position as soon as they can support their head. The product warnings state that the seat “may not prevent release of your baby in the event of vigorous movement.” Infants as young as 3 months can fall or escape from the seat by arching backward, leaning forward or sideways, or rocking.
CPSC and Bumbo International are aware of at least 46 falls from Bumbo seats used on elevated surfaces that occurred prior to the 2007 recall, resulting in 14 skull fractures, two concussions, and one incident of a broken limb.
There have been roughly 3.85 million Bumbo seats sold in the U.S. since 2003.