Bumbo recalls four million baby seats

Bumbo recalls four million baby seats

A South African manufacturer is recalling about four million baby seats that were sold at major retailers including Target Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Toys “R” Us Inc. after reports that at least twenty-one babies fell from the seats and fractured their skulls, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Bumbo International Trust is recalling its Bumbo baby seats after receiving at least 84 reports of infants falling or maneuvering out of their seats.

The reports followed an earlier recall in October 2007 of the same seats. At that time, Bumbo recalled one million of the seats in order to provide additional warnings against use on raised surfaces.

Most of the incident reports after 2007 were related to use on raised surfaces, while about 34 incidents were of infants who fell or maneuvered out of a seat used on the floor or at an unknown elevation, at times resulting in injury.

The bottom of the molded foam seat is round and flat, with a roughly 15-inch diameter, the regulatory agency said. The seat has legholes and the back wraps around the child. The front of the seat has the word “Bumbo” in raised lettering, with an image of an elephant.

Consumers are urged to stop using the products immediately, until they order and install a free repair kit, which includes a restraint belt and safe-use instructions.

The seats were sold by Babies “R” Us, Sears, Target, Toys “R” Us, Wal-Mart, and other toy and children’s stores nationwide, as well as online, from Aug. 2003 through Aug. 2012 for between $30 and $50.

If you or anyone you know uses a Bumbo baby seat, immediately cease using the item.