Massive Bumbo Recall As Skull Fractures Have Been Reported
All along I have made my dislike of the Bumbo known from the newborn stage to further along in infancy and now the CPSC is agreeing with me that these seats are simply unsafe even under supervision, which a child should always be supervised. These are NOT babysitters folks. This issue is quite serious.
50 babies have fallen out of these seats on raised surfaces, 34 babies have fallen out of the seats while on the floor, and there are 21 reports of babies who have suffered skull fractures according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. That is extremely disturbing news.
I know many moms are in love with the Bumbo seat concept, and I was given two for my twins and did You Tube videos on their safety or lack there of if you will, and now it’s been confirmed. These injury reports most certainly can not be denied. I find that the Bumbos tip quite easily and that babies can roll their way out of them, potentially hitting a hard surface on the way down.
Over 4 million of these popular baby seats that have been manufactured since 2003 have been recalled. In 2007 there was a recall that resulted in solely adding a more adequate warning label to the seat itself, warning parents against leaving these seats on raised surfaces. Now it’s being recalled again, but this time more serious action is being taken. I still wouldn’t personally use the Bumbos. The new restraints that are being added are better than a warning label, nevertheless.
This was part of my 1st Bumbo safety experiment. The bubs were only 3 months old. Only placed elevated on a bed to be able to shoot the video with hub on the side and me 1 foot away.
Here is some important information should you own any Bumbo seats
Consumers are asked to stop using the seats and contact Bumbo for a free repair kit that includes a restraint belt and instructions on how to safely use the seat. The repair kit can be ordered by visiting or calling:
In a statement, the company said it was adding a restraint belt to enhance the safety of children using the Bumbo seat.
“The restraint belt will help prevent children from getting out of or falling from the seat when it is used as intended: on the floor with adult supervision and never on raised surfaces,” said the statement. “The health and safety of children using the Bumbo Baby Seat are our top priorities.”
The Bumbo floor seats were sold at Babies R Us, Target, Walmart and other retailers nationwide from August 2003 through August 2012.
Honestly, I still worry about a child tipping over and hitting their heads even with the restraints, but I’m sure it will be helpful to some degree. Personally, I would contact the company for a refund not a repair, however, that’s just me. Please always use these seats with caution and never let your baby out of your sight in it. Obviously, scores of very serious injuries may result.
This video was when Annie was about 7 months. It was taken on the bed for cushioning. If we used it much, but we didn’t, I’m sure she easily could have gotten out sooner. (5-6 mo.) Again, completely supervised by me, and with hub right there.
(A video on the hardwood floor would have been hard to shoot and painful for her.)