NEW YORK (MainStreet) — The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Bumbo International have warned parents never to place Bumbo baby seats on tables, countertops, chairs or other raised surfaces due to serious risk of injury.
The warning was issued after continued reports of infants falling out the seats following a recall of the product in 2007. After the recall, Bumbo added new warning labels to the product.
The product warnings state that the seat "may not prevent release of your baby in the event of vigorous movement."
However, the CPSC says it aware of at least 46 falls from Bumbo seats used on elevated surfaces that occurred prior to the 2007 recall, resulting in 14 skull fractures, two concussions and one incident of a broken limb.
The seat, marketed to help infants sit in an upright position as soon as they can support their head, is very popular: Approximately 3.85 million Bumbo seats have been sold in the U.S. since 2003, the CPSC says.
Infants as young as 3 months old can fall or escape from the seat by arching backward, leaning forward or sideways or rocking. Parents are advised to exercise more caution when using the when using the product.