Millions of popular baby seats recalled due to infant skull fractures
DENVER — A warning for parents Wednesday to immediately stop using a popular baby chair.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall of 4 million Bumbo baby seats because they can be dangerous.
After a walk at Washington Park–it’s time to head home to sit in the Bumbo.
“I like the Bumbo. It teaches her how to sit up,” says Andrea Herbert, 32, of Denver.
Her daughter, 4-month-old Emerson, is all smiles when it comes to watching her world from the floor in her Bumbo seat.
But some parents are not smiling.
“It’s funny because the first time I put her in it, I wondered where is the safety belt?” says Herbert.
The CPSC says, since 2007, at least 84 babies have fallen out of the molded foam seats while on the floor–but most on raised surfaces. 21 of them suffered fractured skulls.
So now, you won’t find the baby seats at Target or any retailer.
Instead, you’ll find a recall warning.
Some parents say it’s not Bumbo’s fault.
“With all our experience with it, we never had any issues with the baby falling out or getting stuck, like I said, it was also something that we would never just leave her unattended,” says father of two girls, Zach Venn.
He says never PUT the Bumbo on top of tables or counters.
“The company is asking parents to visit www.recall.BumboUSA.com and order a free repair kit. It includes a restraint belt, installation instructions and a new warning sticker. You can also call 1-866-898-4999.
“Even a tiny fall from the Bumbo seat to the floor could still hurt her,” says Herbert.
But, now Emerson’s mom won’t have to worry.
After a quick fix to her floor seat, her safety will be looking even better.
Bumbo says even with the restraint belts, parents need to use the seats as intended–on the floor with adult supervision.