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Bumbo recalls millions of dangerous seats

 
Manufacturers are recalling 4.6 million seats following reports of skull fractures.
Scott Dunlop

Pic: Bumbo

Article originally in Parent24

The South African makers of the popular Bumbo baby chair are recalling 4.6 million of the seats worldwide following reports that over 50 babies have been injured after falling out of them. The chair, which is designed to be placed on the floor rather than elevated surfaces has been linked to accidents which have caused skull fractures in children.

Don’t use your Bumbo without the straps!

Parents who have bought Bumbos are being offered a specially-designed safety harness which allows straps to be poked through the hard foam, securing the baby, and are being instructed not to use the seat until the Bumbo has been fitted with a harness, according to Bumbo International.

Despite the safety harness, consumer groups insist that the chair is still not safe, suggesting that children may still be able to wriggle out of the straps and fall, and that parents may be even more inclined to place the seat on elevated surfaces as they may assume that the straps make the seat more secure according to the Chicago Tribune.

The South African manufacturers were previously required to recall more than a million of the seats in 2007 following safety concern, but simply added a warning to the product rather than modifying it to prevent babies from falling out.

What, no SA recall?

In South Africa, suppliers have been advised to remove stock from the shops until further notice, according to a major retail supplier, but no official recall has taken place in South Africa, as no injuries have been reported. Bumbo International have not released an official statement to the South African media.

Contact the store where you purchased your Bumbo for further information.

Has your kid suffered any Bumbo related accidents?

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