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Head Injuries to Babies from Bumbo Baby Seats Falls

(Credit: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)

Parents: Beware and Be Aware. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a warning regarding the risk of injuries to children placed in Bumbo baby seats placed on a table, countertop, chair or other elevated surface.   Parents and caregivers are reminded to only place children in the Bumbo seats while the seat is on the floor.  The Bumbo baby seat is an incredible popular children’s product, with approximately 3.85 million Bumbo seats sold in the U.S. since 2003.

Babies frequently escape free from the Bumbo seat by arching their backs, leaning forward or sideways, or rocking back and forth.  Infants between 3 and 10 months have been known to suffer serious head injuries, including skull fractures and concussions, after falling from a Bumbo seat that is on an elevated surface.  In fact, the CPSC and Bumbo International, the manufacturer of the Bumbo baby seat, are aware of at least 45 incidents since October 2007 in which children fell out of a Bumbo seat while elevated.

In October 2007, Bumbo International voluntarily recalled the Bumbo seat in order to add a product warning on the front of the baby seat warning against the use of the seat on elevated surfaces.  Since the recall, CPSC and Bumbo International have received reports of 17 infants, ages 3 to 10 months, who suffered skull fractures.  CPSC and Bumbo International are also aware of an additional 50 reports of infants falling or maneuvering out of Bumbo seats when used on the floor and at unknown elevations, including two reports of skull fractures and one report of a concussion that occurred even when the Bumbo seat was placed on the floor.

CPSC and Bumbo International are also aware of at least 46 falls from Bumbo seats prior to the 2007 recall, which resulted in 14 skull fractures, two concussions and one incident of a broken limb.

If your child has been injured as a result of falling from the Bumbo baby seat, you may wish to contact the experienced Illinois product liability attorneys at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish to learn about a possible personal injury or product liability claim.

Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  (www.sgklawyers.com) is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.