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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.

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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.

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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.


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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 6 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 6 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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      6 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 6 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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