4 million Bumbo baby seats recalled

Dozens of skull fracture reports lead to action

Author: Roger Lohse, Reporter, rlohse@Local10.com
Published On: Aug 30 2012 04:21:20 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 16 2012 09:02:38 AM EDT
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The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled 4 million popular baby seats after dozens of infants and toddlers have been injured after falling out of the chairs.

The Bumbo Baby Seat is sold in the U.S. at Wal-Mart, Sears, Target, Babies R Us, and other stores. 

But the CPSC commission said too many babies were getting hurt when they tumbled from the Bumbo seat when it’s placed on a table or counter top. It happened to Kevin Lamm's son Dylan, who cracked his skull in two places and nearly died on the way to the hospital.

“By the time we got there, there was no pulse. Three minutes more and they said he would be dead," Lamm said.

The South African company that makes the Bumbo seat voluntarily recalled the product in 2007 and added safety stickers that warn parents not to set the seat on high surfaces. But since then, the CPSC has documented at least 84 more injury cases, including 21 cracked skulls.

Now, another 4 million Bumbo seats are being recalled so consumers can fit the chair with a special restraining belt to keep their little ones from falling out. The safety group urges parents to stop using the Bumbo Seat until the safety belt is installed. The company is providing them free. 

To order a repair kit, consumers can visit www.recall.BumboUSA.com or call 866-898-4999 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Friday.