Bumbo International has announced a total recall of all Bumbo Baby Seats due to risks of falls and injuries.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Bumbo International have provided the following information about the recall:
Why are all Bumbo Baby Seats being recalled?
CPSC and Bumbo International know of at least 50 incidents after the October 2007 voluntary recall in which babies fell from a Bumbo seat while it was being used on a raised surface. Nineteen of those incidents included reports of skull fractures. CPSC and Bumbo International are aware of an additional 34 post-recall reports of infants who fell out or maneuvered out of a Bumbo seat used on the floor or at an unknown elevation, resulting in injury. Two of these incidents involved reports of skull fractures, while others reported bumps, bruises and other minor injuries.
What type of Bumbo Baby Seats are being recalled?
ALL Bumbo Baby Seats are being recalled. Here's how to identify if your baby seat is of the Bumbo brand:
The bottom of the Bumbo seat is round and flat with a diameter of about 15 inches. It is constructed of a single piece of molded foam and comes in various colors. The seat has leg holes and the seat back wraps completely around the child. On the front of the seat in raised lettering is the word “Bumbo” with the image of an elephant on top. The bottom of the seat has the following words: “Manufactured by Bumbo South Africa Material: Polyurethane World Patent No. PCT: ZA/1999/00030.” The back of the seat has several warnings and seats manufactured since 2008 have an additional label on the front of the seat warning against use on raised surfaces.
How many Bumbo Baby Seats are being recalled?
It's estimated that about 4 million Bumbo baby seats in the United States alone are included in the recall. It's also noted that, In October 2007, 1 million Bumbo seats were recalled to provide additional warnings against use on raised surfaces. Those already-recalled products are also included in this new recall.
What should I do if I have a Bumbo Baby Seat?
Consumers should immediately stop using the product until they order and install a free repair kit, which includes: a restraint belt with a warning label, installation instructions, safe use instructions and a new warning sticker. The belt should always be used when a child is placed in the seat. Even with the belt, the seat should never be used on any raised surface. Consumers should also immediately stop using Bumbo seat covers that interfere with the installation and use of the belt. A video demonstrating proper installation of the restraint belt and proper use of the Bumbo seat are available at www.BumboUSA.com
What should I do after I get the free repair kit?
Consumers should take the following actions in conjunction with this voluntary recall:
- Install and always use the restraint belt.
- Apply the new warning sticker over the existing warning on the back of the Bumbo Baby Seat.
- Follow all usage instructions and never use the Bumbo Baby Seat on any raised surface.
- Discontinue use of Bumbo seat cover accessories that interfere with installation of the restraint belt.
How can I track the status of my Bumbo Baby Seat Repair Kit?
If you have begun the process to order a Repair Kit, click here to check the status of your order. Please note that you will need the order/reference number that you received via email.
Bumbo has also provided a great FAQ about the Bumbo recall with more questions and answers, along with contact information and further details about the recall.