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Bumbo Seat Recall

Updated on August 14, 2012

Bumbo Seats

The Bumbo Baby Sitter is imaginatively designed to let a baby between 3 to 14 months of age to sit upright without any external support. The Bumbo seat does provide the baby all comfort to sit cozily. The Bumbo Baby Sitter is an ideal choice for those parents who wish to buy something unique and strikingly different from known boosters like Fisher Price Saver or Edushape Hi Seat.

The infant seat is manufactured out of low density foam and to rigid quality standards to provide maximum safety. This specially selected raw material makes the seat soft for the baby, weighs light and is portable. While providing a washable and durable outer cover, care is taken to ensure that the seat is secure, non-toxic and perfectly clean.

The Bumbo is designed in a compact manner and has no inconvenient straps or other fastening attachments to hold the baby firmly in place. Please bear in mind that the Bumbo Sitter should be used on flat and even surfaces - at least till the baby develops stability of head.

A Bumbo Seat
A Bumbo Seat

Baby On A Bumbo Video

Is Bumbo Baby Sitter safe?

During late 2007, there were reports of accidents due to negligent use of Bumbo Baby Sitter seats that necessitated the withdrawal the product and the company decided to issue some precautionary warnings and fresh user instructions. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission along with the manufacturer Bumbo International, South Africa announced in Washington that consumers must immediately desist from using recalled products till further orders.

The announcement ordered recalling of nearly one million Bumbo Baby Sitters manufactured by Bumbo International located in South Africa and sold in retail by Target, Wal-Mart, Sears, Toys r Us, USA Babies and many other toy stores situated all over the country from August 2003 to October 2007. The warning pertained to the faulty designing of the seat as when positioned on a table, countertop, chair or any other raised surface, the seat becomes unsafe - more so, when children stretch their backs, they can slip out of the seat and fall on the floor sustaining severe skull injuries.

In fact, many complaints have been received by CPSC regarding the lack of safety of Bumbo Baby Sitter seat and injuries sustained by kids. There have been reports of at least three skull fractures suffered by children when they were displaced from chairs placed on tables.

Physical features of Bumbo seat

The bottom of Bumbo Baby Sitter seat flat and round with 15 inches diameter. It is built with a solitary piece of molded foam of varying colors like purple, blue, yellow, aqua ink and a sort of lime green. The seat is provided with leg holes and seat back that firmly holds the child in position. Though not quite relevant, it may still be mentioned that there is embossed in the front of the seat the word ‘Bumbo’ and a picture of an elephant on top.

Precaution to take while using Bumbo seat

Some over-active and agile babies may attempt to climb out of the Bumbo and as such constant vigil is necessary. Buyers must refrain from using the infant seat on raised surfaces such as table, countertop and other similar elevations. Customers may also avail of the free warning stickers issued by the suppliers. The warning label states never to use any elevated surfaces but opt only for ground levels. This apart, the label warns that no child sitting in the Bumbo Baby Sitter should be left alone without an attendant.

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      Denise 6 years ago

      DD used once of these until she was 6 months. At that time she started stretching herself out. Once she did it once (with tray) that was it and the seat got put away.

      It's like any other product. Watch your kid! These will sooner be banner and it'll be the the irresponsible parents to blame. People wonder why walkers are banned in Canada. This is why.

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      Sarah Simplicio 6 years ago

      I own one of these bumbo seats & it's great! This is terrible recall!! It's a "baby sitter" you know a seat for your baby to sit in, not a "babysitter" it's not to replace your presence while you go out for a smoke, or make a drink! Have you never heard of the saying to "never turn your back on a baby" ?!? Don't blame the manufacturer for your lack of responsibility. If these seats were truly unsafe, it wouldn't be selling millions! Nor would it pass the safety codes for infants! So obviously these things are safe!! Your the one who's not safe!

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      Kate 6 years ago

      it seems that a majority of recalls are due to operator error, especially with children's products. all you need is common sense to keep your child safe

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      Todd 6 years ago

      Parents shouldn't be so stupid to use such a device on an elevated surface. Come on! Stop blaming everyone else and use some common sense, reason, and logic. Lazy parents anyway...

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      Taylor's Mom 6 years ago

      I bought the Bumbo off craiglist and just realized the one I bought was part of the recall. I use mine on the floor EVERY time because my daughter has a tendency to try to "stretch" out of it. We have hardwood floors and she had a major bump to the head even though I was right there feeding her WITH THE TRAY.

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      MJ' s Mommy 6 years ago

      I bought the Bumbo seat but I ALSO bought the tray so I never use the seat without the tray. He sits up very well he is 21 weeks old now but started when he was about 2 months. The seat is great for teaching baby to sit up but I love it as his feeding chair I've never had any problem or concern placing my baby in the seat. As for the Babies getting hurt, this could have been prevented and I feel bad for the injured as for the parents the instructions specifically say to place on floor so baby cannot fall out. Accidents like this are sad. But I personally love the Bumbo BUT I STRONGLY RECOMMEND PURCHASING THE TRAY AS WELL!

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      Lisa21 6 years ago

      I am interested in buying the bumbo and read the preceeding comments. From a design engineering point of view - the infant falling out problem should have been caught if the designers had product failure mode reviews. It's the engineers responsibility to make EVERY attempt "fool proof" their product. Bumbo could either add a counterweight balance/ redistribute the weight throughout the seat and some straps to keep baby in somehow. There's room for improvement on this prodcut.Someone here mentioned that their Bumbo was used CORRECTLY and still a baby was injured - that's serious enough to recall the product.

      Also, it's distasteful and snobbish to bash others for poor spelling. We are all here to express our views and thats all that matters - regardless of I.Q level/education etc

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      Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      We use the Bumbo with our son, I can see why the table dangers are real. But the product is, as you say, a great baby seat you just have to constantly watch him. Like most of my son's baby toys, he prefers something different every twenty minutes or so lol.

      Ben

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      and... 6 years ago

      u'r right 'backatcha'and mommy should look up government as well

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      backatcha 6 years ago

      hey mommy-- carelessness isn't hard to spell either, and wake up is not one word. hve a great day.

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      Aly 6 years ago

      These should be recalled indefinitely not because of parental stupidity but because they encourage bad posture. It's important that babies develop their core t strength. You know? That thing we struggle to reclaim as adults because of our own years of bad posture? Babies learned to sit up for millions of years without external devices. It's just a money making scheme to capitalize on parents rushing their childrens' development for their own convenience or to keep up with the Joneses. I know children who see chiropractors for back pain. Children, barring accidents, shouldn't even HAVE back pain but we are too sedentary and poor posture is an epidemic that even effects school behavior and performance. Many children who are falsely diagnosed with ADD (which isn't to imply that all diagnoses aren't legit) would really do a lot better in school if they did some crunches or spent less time sitting.

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      Mommy 6 years ago

      The "common" thread in each post is "common sense." However, the Governement continues to dumb down it's citizens by making laws that allow them to stop thinking for themselves. Why do we need laws to tell us what is right, safe or sensible? If you carefully read each of these posts beginning to end you will see evidence of ignorance exhibited through lack of grammar or punctuation and spelling errors. For example: #1 using "there" instead of "their" or "they're." #2 spelling "common sence" instead of "common sense." And these are posts from the people who accuse other parents of stupidity, ignorance and carelessnes. You all walk among us and you breed. What happened to survival of the fittest and natural selection? Use your brain people. Think for yourself. Make your own decisions based on your own thought processes instead of following along blindly. WAKEUP!!

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      Mary 7 years ago

      I used the Bumbo seat when visiting my parents. My daughter was 3 months old and I was amazed that she could already get out of it! She just curled one leg underneeth her body and propelled herself out! Haha, she is a pretty active and physical baby, though. I was there with her obviously so she wasn't hurt.

      Still I love the thing anyway and want one to use with her at the beach so she can sit and play with her cousins in the sand with out getting sand in every chubby crevice. Plus she HATES lying down, she's very active and needs to be able to sit up and see the world at all times!

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      Candace 7 years ago

      Just use common sense while using the seat...Don't leave your child unattended and DEF do not put your child on high surfaces in any kind of seat...READ the warnings on your products before using it.

      These seats are awesome.

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      7 years ago

      The recall, like most recalls, is because of bad parenting as well as dumb decision making. Why would you leave your infant alone anywhere, let alone on a table? The bumbo really is a great product as long as you aren't an idiot.

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      utah mom 7 years ago

      parents should just use common sense and not leave the child alone in the first place and this stuff wouldnt happen. I have a bumbo seat and its fine for my little girl.

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      moana 7 years ago

      i bought a bumbo when my 2 year old was 4 months old, and it is the best thing i have ever seen. as long as you dont leave your child unattended this seat is a god send. it lasted through my daughter and has moved on to my son. its great as a gift. like i said just watch your child. as you would with any other thing you introduce to them. highchairs, bouncers, walkers....... have a great day.

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      Jennifer 7 years ago

      Are parents really so stupid that they would place a child in a seat with no belts on a table? Heck even with safety belts, that is plain idiotic. Note to those parents: don't plug your kids nose (they can't breath), don't leave them unattended in the bath (they can drown) and just in case there was never a warning, do not give your babies crack.

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      concerned parent 7 years ago

      I own 2 bumbos and use them all the time! My favorite thing to do, is put my baby in one bumbo and strap the other bumbo to her head, then I roll her down a big hill. She loves it! Next I'm going to roll her off the roof into my pool, I think she'll get a kick out of that. What do you like to do with your bumbo?

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      momof6 7 years ago

      my friend's little baby has a linear fracture on her skull from being in the seat. she was on the floor and being watched. she arched her back and toppled out but didn't seem hurt. until yesterday she was noticed to have a squishy bump on the left side of her head above her ear. baby never cried, had no marks. the mom picked her up right away and checked her out and there was no indication of any problem. happened over a week ago and now she is in the hospital and the parents were questioned, the police went to their house and took pictures, questioned their other daughter with social services. now they are under horrible scrutiny and it's a 50/50 that just because of this situation they might have their kids taken away. they also have a 9 yr old daughter. THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!! they are good parents and this misfortune has caused them GREAT heartache and devastation for their little 4 1/2 mo old baby girl.

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      amandarells 7 years ago

      WHAT THE F/ YOU SHOULD KNOW AS A PARENT NOT TO LEAVE YOUR CHILDREN UNATTENDED!

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      Jen 7 years ago

      Obviously you don't put the seat on high surfaces! Duh! You also shouldn't leave your baby unattended!

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      Mom of 2 7 years ago

      COME ON PEOPLE! The only reason children are falling out of these seats are because people dont watch their children! and really if you dont know better then to leave your child on a table or counter in a bumbo seat! you should not have children!

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      JGonzalez 8 years ago

      I just have to say that people need to stop saying common 'sence.' Sence is not a word and common sence means nothing. Common SENSE on the other hand would indicate that a phrase made of two english words would not indicate that one of those words would be spelled differently in that phrase.

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      Jeannie 8 years ago

      I used this for at least 8 months and nothing. Common sence, you don't use this when your child is not being watched. And you really should not leave them unattended when they are up high. Also, you should not be dumb enough to let a child who can bend themselves back in there to be in it. Would you let your child in a baby swing knowing if they sit forward they are going to flip forward? NO! You don't let them use it anymore. So does this mean that they should recall swings???????? Everything has problems; you just need to know how not to let the problem happen.

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      Rachel 8 years ago

      That video right there is exactly why the damn thing was recalled!! Who puts the baby in the thing on a MOVING ottoman???? Like seriously??? I would never put my baby on that even if i was right there. Thats just plain dumb and asking for trouble.

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      maggie 9 years ago

      WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESES PARENTS!! WOULD U LAY UR CHILD ON A TABLE AND WALK AWAY DUH I HOPE NOT!! SO WHY WOULD YOU DO IT WITH ANY SEAT. MY CHILD LOVES THE BUMBO AND ITS FUN FOR HIM HE'S 5 MONTHS AND CAN ALMOST SIT BY HIMSELF! I LIKE THE BUMBO SEAT. IT'S SAD TO SAY BUT ITS THE PARENTS FAULT THOSE BABIES GOT HURT AND IT'S A DAMN SHAME THEY ARE MISFITS AND WANT TO POINT THE FINGER AT ANYONE BUT THEMSELVES!!!!!!!!!!

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      miahbaby 9 years ago

      people are so damn stupid, its common sence not to put those things on anything else but the ground. this is where those type of parents rely to much on the bumbo seat. it already gives you a pre warning on the box when you buy it. those parents should honestly be the ones to be charged for neglect for not supervising there babies while they are sitting in there. i can honestly say that the parents of the baby in this you tube video are dumb asses for not only putting there baby on a higher surface but something that swings back and forth. i can keep going but i wont. all i can say is parents need to wake the hell up!

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      David 9 years ago

      I have used my Bumbo for months now and love it !!!! For god sakes people use your head when using products . Common sense is all you need to have inoder to use it properly! I Highly recomend this product!!!!!!!!!

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      Angie 9 years ago

      I own and use the Bumbo regularly. I would not give it up for the world. My daughter is 6 months old and we have been using the Bumbo for 3 months already. We use it for play time, eating time and when I am fixing her hair (she's got a head full of curls).

      The video at the top disturbes me. The ignorant B* not only has her child sitting in a Bumbo on an uneven surface, but it also moves. It is just a matter of common sense. Would you set you chair on an uneven surface that not steady? I sometimes sit her on the countertop while fixing here hair, but never unattended!! If I have to leave the room I either move it to the floor or take my child with me. I have never had the first problem or scare.

      I will never get rid of my Bumbo. It's a great invention, as always there is just some idiot out there to ruin a good thing.

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      TurtleMan 9 years ago

      THe problem is that the Bumbo Seats are not the problem its that the parents (no offence) dont watch them while there sitting on a counter or table we've used ours for a while now and everytime we but our baby in the seat we watch her. Once again no offence. But yeah. But sometimes it can be dangerous but we never had a problem.

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      naomim 9 years ago

      As most people on here have been saying, My son loves it It is common sence dont leave your child unattended, My son is 7 months and has tryed to get out of it but i dont let him.. and i never leave him on high or unsteady surfaces, its not the companys fault its the parentes, Parents should read the box carefully before using..

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      htaylor 9 years ago

      I bought the Bumboseat because a friend of mine just loved hers, I hated it! I never placed my child in it on a surface other than the floor, but my child got out of it and tipped it everytime I tried to put her in it. I would NEVER recommend this product to others. I understand the package may have said not to put on a elevated surface but then when making online sites they should not show the seat being used on a tabletop, counter, etc. or state great for eye level feeding, which I see is now no longer on the site. I think the product should have been tested further before being released.

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      MAMA 9 years ago

      IF MORE PEOPLE WERE NOT SO STUPID THIS WONDERFUL SEAT WOULD NOT NEED TO BE RECALLED. IT SAYS ON THE BOX DO NOT PUT ON ELEVATED SURFACE. COME ON PEOLE THINK!!!

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      Dana Miller 9 years ago

      I HONESTLY CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A RECALL ON THESE SEATS! IT JUST DUMBFOUNDS ME AS TO THE STUPIDITY OF THE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD TODAY TO PUT THERE CHILD UP ON AN ELEVATED SURFACE AND EVEN WORSE TO LEAVE THEM UNATTENDED LONG ENOUGH OR AT ALL TO LET THEM TIP OVER. THINGS LIKE THIS JUST ENRAGE ME! I USED THE BUMBO SEAT FOR A LONG TIME WTIH MY DAUGHTER AND AS SHE GOT BIGGER AND STARTED REACHING FOR TOYS COMMON SENSE TELLS YOU SHE IS GETTING TOO BIG. AND THE PICTURE OF THE BABY IN THE BUMBO SEAT ON THE STEPS OF THE HOUSE. HOLY COW HOW STUPID ARE YOU AND FROM THE LOOKS OF THE PICTURE YOU MUST BE PRETTY FAR AWAY AND WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO CATCH YOUR BABY. PEOPLE WHOSE BABIES THAT WERE INJURED FROM THEIR SEAT ARE GOING TO HAVE A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF THEM IF THERE PARENTS ARE THAT STUPID. SORRY IF THIS IS RUDE BUT THIS STUFF JUST PUTS A FIRE UNDER ME AND MAKES ME THINK WHATS WRONG WITH PEOPLE. AND HALF OF THE ACCIDENTS THAT HAPPEN IN THE WORLD TODAY WOULDN'T HAPPEN IF PEOPLE WEREN'T SO GOSH DARN DUMB OR NIEVE.

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      Angi 9 years ago

      I was shocked when I couldn't find a warning on the box or anywhere with my bumbo when we purchased it from Target. Common sense told me to only use it with her on the carpeted floor and with supervision and only for 10-15 minutes at the most. I am a paranoid mother, not all parents constantly think of what can harm their children. For that reason, all thing sold for our young ones should have warnings everywhere. Most thing do.

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      ekc's mom 9 years ago

      This recall is horrible. I work in the infant room of a childcare center and use a bumbo and a bebe pod everyday. There is nothing wrong with the bumbo seat (it's actually great for babies that hate tummy time). The problem lies with the stupid parents that don't know how to follow directions. The warning is clearly labled on both products. The writing on the bumbo is on the small side but it's red! You can't miss it! The makers of the bumbo should have fought this recall in court. There's no way they could have lost. The warning is already there and no added warnings are going to make the lazy parents comply.

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      mizan 9 years ago

      Yeah ! I love the bumbo myself and it is ignorant people that don't know how to read that cause us all to have to loose things we don't want to get rid of. yes I am sorry kids got hurt.

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      Golnaz 9 years ago

      I don't think people should panick and run to return these. This is a good product when parents use it properly.

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      Noah's mommy 9 years ago

      I am extremely careful when it comes to my son's safety. I love the bumbo! I understand that when a baby arches his back he may be able to tip over. That's why I never left him alone sitting in it. And if he's doing that frequently he's probably getting too big for it and will soon be sitting on his own. I used it when I was sitting on the carpet playing with him. It was nice to not have to hold him all the time and he could sit upright while I played or read to him. When I saw him starting to arch his back I realized he's too old for it and put it in the attic. Shortly after he started sitting by himself. Parents need to be more careful and learn to read warning labels. It is comman sense to never put any baby chairs on top of elevated surfaces!

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      Mom 9 years ago

      My child some how was able to get out of the bumbo at around 3 or 4 months of age, just so every one knows. I didn't think it was possible.

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      Dee 9 years ago

      So if you put your child on the table and the child managed to roll over and hit the floor would you sue the manufacturers of the table? The Bumbo manufacturers clearly warn against using the seat on an elevated surface - don't people read anymore? And SunSeven - please read the warning on the glider- ottoman that states in no uncertain terms to NOT EVER use the ottoman for infants. Sheesh. This USED to be a literate country!

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      When it comes to kids, it's better to err on the side of safety.

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      debbie 9 years ago

      I have to agree with nicole above every company has to come out with the stupid parents manual and parent who have done these stupid things shouldn't be parents it is only common sense

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      Nicole* 9 years ago

      The "anouncement" is for STUPID parents who dont read the warning label on their kids toys. your not even supposed to leave your babies unattended in a normal strap-u-down high chair!!! the bumbo seat clearly states not to use it on raised surfaces, in the original warning label. and HELLO babies and kids have been wriggling out of 'safe' baby products for years!!!! shit happens ! WATCH your kids or you take that risk.

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      SANDRA 9 years ago

      I USE THE BUMBO SEAT FOR MY SON AND HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS OF COURSE YOU HAVE TO BE A SMART PARENT AND SIT THEM ON THE CARPETED FLOOR NOT COUNTERS!! ALOT OF THESE RECALLS COME FROM LAZY PARENTS WHO THINK THAT THEY CAN JUST LEAVE THEIR CHILDREN ANYWHERE!! COME ON PEOPLE USE SOME COMMON SENSE!!!

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      Sampati 9 years ago

      We can now see that what is humor for comedians, may actually be a warning for people who need to be removed from the gene pool. It sounds funny but now I see that there really does need to be a warning on irons for people to NOT iron clothes while wearing them. They also need the 'WARNING: Contents may be HOT on coffee..." Just because the consumer throws away the instructsions does (or should) not equate to the product as being dangerous. It does however, equate to the uesre as being idiots and not the manufacturer.

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      Jessica 9 years ago

      This is absolutely the most ridiculous "recall" I've ever said. PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE!!!! IT SAYS ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BOX: "Do not place on raised surface" "Do not place above ground level". These are the same idiots that put their kids in carseats on chairs and sofas and walk away from them. STUPID!!!!

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      me334 9 years ago

      I love the bumbo myself and it is ignorant people that don't know how to read that cause us all to have to loose things we don't want to get rid of. yes I am sorry kids got hurt, but people wise up PAY ATTENTION TO DIRECTIONS AND TEND TO YOUR KIDS!!! All these frivilous lawsuits and we wonder why amercica is in the shape it is in.

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      ForTheLove 9 years ago from Godforsaken, Iowa

      I linked to your hub from mine on this VERY same topic! You might be surprised at some stunning info you've overlooked....

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      Mom 9 years ago

      I have a Bumbo and love it! The instructions clearly state that this isn't a babysitter and not to put it on top of coutertops, exc.! Parents are putting their child in this Bumbo on or near places they shouldn't be. Please don't blame the company because it's not their fault! Use common sence please!

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      Chia  9 years ago

      I love the seat...It is only common sence that one should not use it on high surfaces! Duh! My daughter loves it ..... If you us it correctly then you should have no problem! Parents just need to follow the intructions on things like this....It clearly states on the BUMBO SEAT its self NOT to use it on the high surfaces, and never leave the child ununattended! I think that Parents are to blame for the problems !

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      Paty 9 years ago

      I used one over 2 years ago, before they were even in our stores. I purchased mine online. I had absolutely no problems and ofcourse would not use it on an unsteady or high surface or leave my child unattended. That is probably the reason why it is a voluntary recall, so they can add that warning to those that need it.

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      carrie 9 years ago

      i have 2 of these how do i get my money backi did not keep my receipt got one for my house and my daughters i'am not going to use them now

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      Rudra 9 years ago

      companies should really test products before endangering babies.

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      sukritha 9 years ago from Cochin

      Cute Hub. Good, Keep going

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      Jerke Wadde 9 years ago

      I was sure your video was going to show a baby falling out of the chair and banging its head on the ground. Thankfully that didn't happen.