South Africa-based Bumpo International has announced a recall of more than 4 million Bumpo Baby Seats after reports of at least 84 incidents of infants falling. Related falling accidents led to at least 20 skull fractures, according to USA Today.
Because the infant seat is not classified as either an infant carrier or walker, it is not covered by federal or industry safety standards; however, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has the authority to issue a recall for any defective product that has a substantial hazard. The recall will see Bump providing a repair kit to owners in order to add a strap that will hold babies in place.
Accidents involved children either falling out of the seat or tipping it over, causing them to hit their heads. The product is designed to help infants sit up during the stage where they can hold their own heads up, but cannot sit up on their own. The seats were sold online and at stores, including Walmart and Toys “R” Us, from August 2003 through August 2012 for $30 to $50 dollars. All new Bumpo seats will include the strap.
Bumpo Baby Seats were originally recalled in 2007 to include a warning to not use the seats on an elevated surface; however, all 84 fall accidents occurred after the 2007 recall. The free repair kit can be ordered at www.recall.bumpousa.com or by calling (866) 898-4999.
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