The Bumbo baby seat has been responsible for a number of injuries, including traumatic head injuries such as skull fractures and concussions. The product was recalled due to the risk of babies falling from the seat and suffering traumatic head injuries and other injuries as a result.
Babies frequently escape free from the Bumbo seat by arching their backs, leaning forward or sideways, or rocking back and forth. Infants between 3 and 10 months have been known to suffer serious head injuries, including skull fractures and concussions, after falling from a Bumbo seat, whether on an elevated surface or on the floor.
The knowledgeable Chicago product liability attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC is dedicated to protecting those families who have been affected by injuries caused by the Bumbo seat or other children’s products. If your child has suffered an injury as a result of a fall from the Bumbo baby seat, do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled Chicago product liability attorneys.
Prior Recalls and Consumer Warnings
In October 2007, Bumbo International voluntarily recalled the Bumbo seat after a wave of skull fractures in babies between 3 months and 10 months old was reported, but the only change resulting from the recall was a new product warning on the front of the label that reads “Prevent falls! Never use on any elevated surface.” The warning was also added to packaging and instruction manuals. The company did not make any changes to the product’s design.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning in 2011 alerting parents and caregivers to the risk of injuries to children when they are placed in Bumbo baby seats that are set atop a table, countertop, chair or other elevated surface.
Liability for Defective Children’s Product
The issues of liability associated with defective children’s products are complex and require a detailed analysis of both the legal and factual issues involved. The Chicago product liability lawyers at Ankin Law Offices are experienced handling a variety of product liability cases, including those involving defective toys and other children’s products.
If the Bumbo is found to be defective, the baby seat’s manufacturer could be liable for any injuries caused by the product under a theory of strict liability. Moreover, retailers and others who put the defective product into the stream of commerce could also be liable for any resulting injuries if the retailer knew or reasonably should have known of the defect in the children’s product and failed to meet its obligation to protect consumers.
Dangers Associated with Secondhand Toys and Children’s Products
The seats are incredibly popular on the second-hand market, with parents passing them on to other parents or selling them at garage sales, since the seats can only be used for a few months but are durable enough to last for years. Using children’s products that were obtained through the secondhand market can be particularly dangerous since the consumers may not see the original instruction manuals or may unknowingly buy pre-recall models that lack the new warning.
If your child has been injured as a result of falling from the Bumbo baby seat, you may wish to contact the experienced Illinois product liability attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC to learn about a possible personal injury or product liability claim.