“Please Stop Using Bumbo Baby Seats On Elevated Surfaces” Says CPSC & Bumbo International

Despite previous recall warnings and cautions put out by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Bumbo International, parents are still using their Bumbo Baby Seats on elevated surfaces. Because of this, head injuries to infants continue to occur. The CPSC and Bumbo International Trust of South Africa (“Bumbo International”) are urging parents and caregivers yet again to never place Bumbo Baby Seats on tables, countertops, chairs or other raised surfaces. Infants aged 3-10 months old have fallen out of the Bumbo seat and suffered skull fractures and other injuries.

So far, both parties are aware of 45 incidents in which infants fell out of a Bumbo seat while it was being used on an elevated surface which occurred after an October 25, 2007 voluntary recall of the product.

The recall required that new warnings be placed on the seat to deter elevated usage of the product. Since the recall, CPSC and Bumbo International have learned that 17 of those infants, ages 3-10 months, suffered skull fractures. These incidents and injuries involved both recalled Bumbo seats and Bumbo seats sold after the recall with the additional on-product warnings.

CPSC and Bumbo International are also aware of an additional 50 reports of infants falling or maneuvering out of Bumbo seats used on the floor and at unknown elevations. These incidents include two reports of skull fractures and one report of a concussion that occurred when babies fell out of Bumbo seats used on the floor. These injuries reportedly occurred when the infants struck their heads on hard flooring, or in one case, on a nearby toy.

The Bumbo seat is labeled and 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.

According to the release:

At the time of the 2007 recall announcement, CPSC was aware of 28 falls from the product, three of which resulted in skull fractures to infants who fell or maneuvered out of the product used on an elevated surface. CPSC and Bumbo International are now 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.

If you do own a Bumbo PLEASE do so with caution and forgo from usage on elevated surfaces!

A mom to two girls and a baby boy, a writer and the publisher of Child Mode. As a lover of style and fashion, Nadia found her ‘niche’ and love of children’s clothing while searching for quality items for her family.


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4 Responses to "“Please Stop Using Bumbo Baby Seats On Elevated Surfaces” Says CPSC & Bumbo International"

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  1. Alicia Moura

    November 23, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    We saw the story on the recall of the Bumbo chair, and wanted to add that the BebePOD flex is a safe alternative to the Bumbo. It features a double harness system to keep babies securely strapped in the chair to avoid any injury and they have never had any recalls or injury claims. In order to respond to concerned parents who have bought Bumbo chairs, Prince Lionheart is offering the BebePOD flex at a discounted rate via the website (www.princelionheart.com) through December 31.

  2. mapsgirl

    November 24, 2011 at 7:49 am

    When my daughter was about 6 months old (she’s almost 7 now), Bumbos hadn’t been on the market for very long. I was in a store and they had one up on the counter and they lady said, “just try her in it”. Without thinking, I put her in the Bumbo and my daughter, pushed with her legs and almost launched herself off the counter.

    Needless to say, we never owned a Bumbo.

    They put this same warning in the manuals of infant car seats. Too many kids fall off of things while still in their car seats.

  3. Nadia

    November 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Wow, that’s scary!

    It’s very frightening to think that so many parents are putting their children in these seats on raised platforms. We have ceramic floors so if one of my children were to fall using the Bumbo… I don’t even want to think about it!

  4. Amanda Vega

    December 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Just a quick update – the chair has had a recall reminder as of late as the injuries due to the lack of straps has increased to well over 50 injuries to children. If you have a Bumbo chair and would like it replaced for free, Prince Lionheart who is a competitor to Bumbo, has a safer version of the chair (with straps to prevent wiggling out of the chair) is doing a campaign to replace up to 1,000 Bumbos with their bebePOD. If you want more info you can email us at amanda@brilliantbabyproducts.com. Disclaimer: we are Prince Lionheart’s PR agency for this promotion.

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