In October 2007, 1 million of the molded foam seats were recalled so the company could place warning labels on the seats that said they should not be placed on tables or kitchen counters, because babies can wiggle out of the floor seat and possibly fall, the CPSC said in a statement issued Wednesday.
However, since that first recall, there have been at least 50 reported incidents where babies fell from the seats that were being used on raised surfaces; another 34 fell from the seat while it was being used on the floor or at an unspecified elevation. A total of 21 skull fractures resulted from these incidents, the CPSC said in its statement. The seat has no restraining strap.
The CPSC said consumers need to stop using the seats immediately and contact Bumbo International for a free repair kit that includes a restraint belt and instructions on safe usage of the seat. Call 866-898-4999 or visit BumboUSA.com to order a free kit. The floor seats were sold at Babies R Us, Target, Walmart and other retailers between August 2003 and August 2012.
"The restraint belt will help prevent children from getting out of or falling from the seat when it is used as intended: on the floor with adult supervision and never on raised surfaces," the company said in a statement. "The health and safety of children using the Bumbo Baby Seat are our top priorities."
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