As a parent of a young child, it is really important to stay up to date with recalls of toys and gear that your child uses on a day to day basis. Their safety should be the number one concern and continuing to use recalled products can place your child in harms way. One of the easiest ways to keep up with all the current recalls is to be sure to register all your products with the manufacturer if they have this option available.
The most recent recall affects the famous infant seats by Bumbo. These seats have come under fire in the recent past, when injuries such as cracked skulls were reported by parents of infants who fell out of the seat mostly from elevated surfaces such as a table top. Bumbo reiterated on their site and on the product packaging that the seat was designed to only be used on the floor and never on any unsecure elevated surfaces. However the issue did not go away and more injuries were reported with babies managing to escape and fall out of the seat from elevated surfaces and surfaces of “unknown elevation”. On August 15th 2012 Bumbo issued a voluntary recall on the infant seat citing the reason as ‘fall hazard’. The seat has now been renamed a floor seat just to send out the message loud and clear that they are only to be use on the floor. The recall provides a repair kit to all bumbo owners with instructions for installing a restraint strap to keep babies safely harnessed to the seat. The repair kit also ships out with a new bigger and clearer warning sticker that has to be placed on the back of the seat.
To request a repair kit for your bumbo visit their recall site http://recall.bumbousa.com/
Are bumbo seats really unsafe or just being misused?