Approximately 4 million Bumbo infant seats were recalled last week. As we reported in May, Bumbo International, the product’s manufacturer, had been urged to recall to the Bumbo seat due to dangerous risks of babies falling from the seat and suffering traumatic head injuries and other injuries as a result. Babies frequently escape 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 popular infant seat is a common baby shower gift and pass-down baby product. The Bumbo seat has been much loved by many parents for its quirky shape and comfortable design that allow babies to sit in a chair at a very young age. Despite its popularity, however, many are pleased to see that the product has been recalled due to its safety issues. To date, there have been at least 84 reported incidents in which babies have fallen from the seats, 20 of which resulted in skull fractures.
Bumbo International, the seats’ manufacturer, will provide owners with a repair kit to add a strap to secure babies in the seats. The recalled Bumbo seats, retailed for between $30 and $50 each, were sold online and at stores including at Walmart and Toys R Us from August 2003 through August 2012.
Approximately 3.85 million Bumbo seats have been sold in the U.S. since 2003.
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 assocaited 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.
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 at (312) 600-0000 to learn about a possible personal injury or product liability claim.