Despite a voluntary recall of baby seats manufactured by Bumbo International, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission continues to receive reports of babies suffering serious head injuries in connection to the product. The initial recall, issued October 25, 2007, was related to at least 45 incidents in which infants fell out of a Bumbo seat while it was being used on an elevated surface. However, the CPSC continues to receive injury reports even for Bumbo seats used on the floor and at unknown elevations.
The October 2007 recall required that new warnings be placed on the seat to deter elevated usage of the product. However, since that recall, CPSC and Bumbo International learned that 17 of the reported 45 injuries to infants ages 3-10 months, suffered skull fractures as the result of falls. Additionally, CPSC and Bumbo are aware of an additional 50 reports of infants falling or maneuvering out of Bumbo seats used on the floor and at unknown elevations. These reports include two additional skull fractures and one report of a concussion that occurred when babies fell out of the seats used on the floor.
The Bumbo seat is 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 may be able to fall or escape from the seat by arching backward, leaning forward or sideways, or rocking. Injuries reportedly occurred when infants fell and struck their head on hard flooring or on a nearby toy.
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.
Approximately 3.85 million Bumbo seats have been sold in the United States since 2003.