Bumbo Recall – Can we recall the parents instead?

So the latest bumbo recall has me scratching my head. How long ago was it that they recalled them to put a GIANT sticker on them warning not to place babies in it and then on a table or counter? 2007? Apparently parents either need to learn to read or follow directions since as of two days ago, another recall was issued.

Now the recall is to put a baby seatbelt in it. While, I’m totally okay with that, I still think that there are some parents out there who are placing way too much blame on a foam seat and not realizing they could have prevented the fall. Maybe we could stop using the bumbo as a babysitter and try some old fashioned tummy time? Or hell, grab a playpen and use that as the babysitter and at least the kids are using core muscle groups to figure out how to launch themselves out of one of those! (side note: my now 13 yr old was a master gymnast by 9 months. He could throw himself out of playpens and cribs alike. Thankfully no skull fractures – that I know of… wait this may actually explain a lot… I digress.)

Brady had hypotonia is his lower extremities, so the use of such a seat wasn’t recommended for him anyway. We had one, ’cause I’m not one to miss a trendy over priced baby item, but hardly used it because he needed to work on building his core muscles and this seat was hindering that and doing the work for him. As a result of his hypotonia, he didn’t sit up on his own until he was nearly a year old. Not the fault of the bumbo, but it certainly didn’t help when we did use it.

So the original recall stated this -

 

[quote]Hazard: If the seat is placed on a table, countertop, chair, or other elevated surface, young children can arch their backs, flip out of the Bumbo seat, and fall onto the floor, posing a risk of serious head injuries.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC has received 28 reports of young children falling out of the Bumbo Baby Sitter seat, including three skull fractures, which occurred when children fell out of chairs that had been placed on tables.[/quote]

And now the new recall states this -

 

[quote]Hazard: Babies can maneuver out of or fall from the Bumbo seat, posing a risk of serious injuries.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Bumbo International know of at least 50 incidents after the October 2007 voluntary recall in which babies fell from a Bumbo seat while it was being used on a raised surface. Nineteen of those incidents included reports of skull fractures. CPSC and Bumbo International are aware of an additional 34 post-recall reports of infants who fell out or maneuvered out of a Bumbo seat used on the floor or at an unknown elevation, resulting in injury. Two of these incidents involved reports of skull fractures, while others reported bumps, bruises and other minor injuries.

Description: The bottom of the Bumbo seat is round and flat with a diameter of about 15 inches. It is constructed of a single piece of molded foam and comes in various colors. The seat has leg holes and the seat back wraps completely around the child. On the front of the seat in raised lettering is the word “Bumbo” with the image of an elephant on top. The bottom of the seat has the following words: “Manufactured by Bumbo South Africa Material: Polyurethane World Patent No. PCT: ZA/1999/00030.” The back of the seat has several warnings and seats manufactured since 2008 have an additional label on the front of the seat warning against use on raised surfaces.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product until they order and install a free repair kit, which includes: a restraint belt with a warning label, installation instructions, safe use instructions and a new warning sticker. The belt should always be used when a child is placed in the seat. Even with the belt, the seat should never be used on any raised surface. Consumers should also immediately stop using Bumbo seat covers that interfere with the installation and use of the belt. A video demonstrating proper installation of the restraint belt and proper use of the Bumbo seat are available at www.BumboUSA.com[/quote]

I added the bold up there… If it already has multiple warnings, then why is Bumbo responsible for parents who ignore this? I’m not making the connection here. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but seems like that’s more of a negligence on the parents part vs. on the product.

In any case, if you own one and wish to get the “bimbo bumbo baby seat belt” as I’m calling it, you can do so here - Consumer Contact: Order the free repair kit by visiting www.recall.BumboUSA.com or calling (866) 898-4999 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. CT on Friday. Do not return the Bumbo seat to retailers as they will not be able to provide the repair kit.

What do you think? A seat belt is over kill? Are you fine with it? Do you agree that the recall is silly and the parents are to blame? Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts!

 

 

Emily

Fueled by coffee and wine. Wife to a doc, mom to three boys (one with Autism), self-proclaimed tortoise wrangler. I knit, I get crafty, I tweet.

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