About one million foam baby seats made by Bumbo International of South Africa are being recalled due to reports of young children falling out the sides. According to this AP story, the Consumer Product Safety Commission received 28 reports of young children falling out of the seats, including three who suffered skull fractures because the seats had been placed atop tables. Good God.
If the seat is placed on a table, countertop, chair, or other elevated surface, young children can arch their backs, flip out of the Bumbo seat, and fall onto the floor, posing a risk of serious head injuries, according to the CPSC.
The round Bumbo Baby Sitter Seats are 15 inches in diameter and made of molded polyurethane foam that wraps around a child, the article says. The seats were sold at many major U.S. retails outlets, including Sears, Target, Kmart, and Toys-R-Us.
Consumers should contact Bumbo to obtain new warning label stickers and instructions for the recalled baby seats and should never use the infant seat on a table, countertop, chair or other elevated surface, the agency said.
Bumbo has temporarily stopped selling the baby seat until it can update the safety packaging. The baby seat is designed for infants who are six weeks old or able to support their own heads, up to an age of about 12 to 14 months or about 22 pounds, Bumbo said.
We learned about the Bumbo seat when Sascha was about three months old. We got him one right away. It was great! He went from sitting in the bouncy seat and staring at the ceiling to sitting up straight and enjoying the commotion of our household. The best part was when we took it out of the box and sat him in it, our three-year old looked at him and said, “Now he doesn’t have to wear diapers!” We explained that it wasn’t actually a potty seat, although we agreed it does look like one.