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Bumbo Baby Sitter Seat Recall Issued Due to Serious Head Injury Risk

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The Bumbo Baby Sitter Seat was recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today, following reports that several children had suffered serious injuries after falling from the popular infant seat. According to the CPSC, at least 28 children have fallen from the Bumbo Baby Sitter Seat, and three of those infants suffered skull fractures.

The Bumbo Baby Sitter Seat recall involves more than 1 million of the infant seats. The recalled Bumbo Baby Sitter Seats were sold in various retail, toy and children’s stores nationwide, and online, from August 2003 through October 2007 for about $40. The bottom of the Bumbo Baby Sitter Seat is round and flat and about 15 inches in diameter. The Bumbo Baby Sitter Seat is made of a single piece of molded foam, and comes in the colors yellow, blue, purple, pink, aqua, and lime. On the front of the seat in raised lettering is the word “Bumbo” with the image of an elephant. The bottom of the seat has the following words: “Manufactured by Bumbo South Africa Material: Polyurethane World Patent No. PCT: ZA/1999/00030.”

The Bumbo Baby Sitter Seat, sold by Bumbo International of South Africa, is a soft foam chair that is supposed to allow infants to sit upright without the aid of straps. It is designed with the seat lower than the leg openings so that children will remain secure. The CPSC began investigating the Baby Bumbo Seat earlier this month, after several media outlets reported on children who were severely injured after falling from the seat. These reports included two children from Kansas and California who suffered from skull fractures after falling out of a Baby Bumbo Seat.

According to various media sources, infants have fallen out of the seats when they reach for something, causing the Bumbo Baby Sitter Seat to tilt off balance. If the Bumbo Seat is on the floor when it tips, most children are fine. But, if a parent or caregiver has placed the Bumbo Baby Sitter Seat on a counter, another chair, or any high surface, the results could be disastrous. While the Bumbo Baby Sitter Seat does have a small warning label that says “never use on a raised surface”, some of its marketing materials send a different message. These materials say the chair is safe on “any level surface”, and some of the pictures used by the company show children sitting in the Bumbo Baby Sitter Seat on a raised surface. The website also showed pictures of babies in the seat on a picnic table and playing the piano. Some of those pictures were removed from the website after reports of Bumbo Baby Sitter Seat accidents were publicized.

The CPSC is warning caregivers not to use the Bumbo Baby Sitter Seat on any raised surface. Anyone who purchased a Bumbo Baby Sitter Seat should contact Bumbo for a new warning sticker that reads “WARNING – Prevent Falls; Never use on any elevated surface.” Those warning stickers will also be added to all Bumbo Baby Sitter Seats sold in the future. Bumbo International can be contacted by calling (877) 932-8626 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or by visiting the firm’s Web site at www.bumbosafety.com

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