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Millions of Bumbo Baby Chair Seats were recalled in August 2012, after at least 20 babies sustained skull fractures when they fell out of a Bumbo Seat while it was being used on either a raised surface or at floor level. The August 2012 Bumbo Baby Seat recall marked the second time an urgent recall was issued for this dangerous product. In October 2007, 1 million Bumbo Seats were recalled to provide additional warnings against use on raised surfaces. The August 2012 Bumbo Seat recall for 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats was issued after it became apparent that even using the seat at floor level posed a fall and fracture risk to babies.
At Alonso Krangle LLP, our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience fighting for the rights of people injured by defective products. We are currently offering free lawsuit evaluations to families of children injured by the Bumbo Baby Seat. If your baby suffered a skull fracture or other serious injury because of a fall from a Bumbo Baby Seat, please contact the personal injury lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today to learn more about the legal options available to you.
Bumbo Baby Chair Seat Injury Lawsuit
Bumbo Baby Seats were designed to allow babies to sit upright before they are able to do so on their own. 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.
The first Bumbo Baby Seat recall was issued by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2007 after the agency received reports of 28 children falling out of the seat, three of whom sustained serious injuries. Prior to the recall, the Baby Bumbo Seat did bear a small warning label stating “never use on a raised surface,” but that caution was contradicted by marketing materials that touted the seat as being safe on any surface. Pictures used in some marketing materials also showed children sitting in the Bumbo Baby Seat on tables and other raised surfaces. Consumers were directed by the CPSC to contact Bumbo for new warning label stickers and instructions. The new warning label stated: “WARNING – Prevent Falls; Never use on any elevated surface.”
But even after that recall, consumer safety advocates continued to warn that the Baby Bumbo Seat still posed a risk to children. In February 2012, a consortium of consumer groups wrote to the CPSC complaining that efforts by the company and the government to warn parents not to use Bumbo Seats on countertops and tables were ineffective. The CPSC was urged to pull the products from the market.
In August 2012, the CPSC issued yet another recall, this time for 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats. According to the recall notice, since October 2007 there had been at least 50 incidents 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. There had also been 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, the CPSC said. The CPSC is instructing consumers to immediately stop using the product until they order and install a free repair kit consisting of 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 Bumbo Seat. Even with the belt, the seat should never be used on any raised surface, the CPSC said.
It is unclear whether the addition of the restraint belt or the new warning labels will be enough to keep children safe from falls from the Bumbo Baby Seat. Some consumer safety advocates have recommended that parents not use the Bumbo Baby Seat at all.
The recalled Baby Bumbo Seats were sold at Sears, Target, Toys R Us (including Babies R Us), USA Babies, Walmart, and various other toy and children’s stores nationwide, and various online sellers, from August 2003 through August 2012 for between $30 and $50. The Bumbo Baby Seats involved in the recall can be identified by raised lettering at the front of the seat spelling out 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.
Learn More about Filing a Bumbo Baby Seat Injury Lawsuit
If your baby suffered a skull fracture or other injury due to a fall from a Bumbo Baby Seat, you may be able to file a lawsuit on their behalf to obtain compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the Bumbo Baby Seat injury lawyers today at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-403-6191