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Improper use of baby seat can lead to injuries
 

Reviewed By: Sarah Haverstick, Safe Children program manager
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt (Last Updated: August 28, 2012)

The Bumbo seat is a popular item among parents as a tool to help their wobbly infants sit upright. But if not used properly, the seats can lead to serious injuries for infants. Many of the injuries occur when the child is placed in the seat on an elevated surface and the seat topples over.

As of a result of reported injuries, the seat manufacturer, Bumbo International Trust, working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced a voluntary recall of the product. The CPSC also alerted consumers to stop using the product until they order a free consumer repair kit, which includes a restraint belt with a warning label, installation instructions, safe use instructions, and a new warning sticker.

The CSPC advised that “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.”

“The Bumbo should only be used on the floor, never on elevated surfaces such as countertops, kitchen tables, or coffee tables,” said Sarah Haverstick, Safe Children program manager at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. “And like all children’s products, it should only be used with adult supervision. Even when placed on the floor, it is possible for a baby to fall out of the seat. Caregivers should always be within arm's reach.”

Haverstick urges people to share the recall information with friends and family to ensure babies are safe while they learn and play.

The Bumbo seat also should not be used until an infant is able to support his or her head.

For more information on the recall, visit the Bumbo website.


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