All 4 million Bumbo baby seats have been voluntarily recalled due to the risk that infants can fall out of the seat and suffer life-threatening injuries or a skull fractures. In total, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has received 112 injury reports, including 24 skull fractures. Most serious injuries occurred when the seats were placed on an elevated surface, but dozens of injuries and several skull fractures have occurred even when the seats are used on the ground.
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Bumbo baby seats consist of a single piece of molded foam designed to hold a sitting infant. It has horseshoe-shaped leg openings in the front, a round and flat base about 15 inches in diameter, and comes in many colors. The product is sold for $40-50 at major retailers including Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Sears, and more. It is manufactured by Bumbo International, a South African company.
What is the problem?
Babies sitting in the Bumbo baby seat can maneuver or wiggle their way out of the seat, fall, hit their head, and suffer a skull fracture. Since these products were first sold, there have been 112 reported injuries, including 24 skull fractures. The risk of skull fracture is most serious when the seat is placed on an elevated surface (like a table) but skull fractures have also occurred when the seat is on the ground.
The CPSC originally recalled 1 million Bumbo baby seats back in 2007, after receiving reports of 28 injuries and 3 skull fractures. The agency warned consumers not to use the seats on an elevated surface, required prominent warning stickers, and allowed the products back on the market in 2008 — but they said it was okay to use the seats on the ground.
Unfortunately, injuries continued to occur, even when the seats were used on the ground.
On August 15, 2012, the CPSC and Bumbo voluntarily recalled all 4 million Bumbo baby seats. Since the 2007 recall, they have received reports of 50 injuries, including 19 skull fractures, when the seats were placed on an elevated surface. Additionally, there were 34 injury reports, including two skull fractures, for seats that were placed on the ground.
The continued injury reports suggest that Bumbo baby seats can be unsafe when they are used at any height, but they are especially dangerous when placed on an elevated surface.
A skull fracture occurs when there is a break in the cranial bones. The skull is meant to withstand impacts, but in babies under one year old, the skull can easily fracture from seemingly minor impacts from low heights. Children under one have a higher risk of skull fracture than older children.
The most serious complication of a skull fracture is a brain injury. Skull fractures do not always cause a brain injury, but the risk increases if there is bleeding under the skull. The blood may coagulate into a hematoma, which is a semi-solid clot that places pressure on the brain. If it causes damage to the brian, the infant may have permanent neurological debilitation.
Symptoms of a Skull Fracture
Unlike an adult, infants do not always present classic symptoms of head trauma or a skull fracture. When severe symptoms do develop, the infant may be at risk of severe injury or death. This is why parents should immediately call 911 any time they suspect their child has a skull fracture.
Symptoms of a skull fracture may include:
- Bleeding from a wound, or the ears, nose, around eyes
- Bruising behind ears or under eyes (raccoon eyes)
- Pupils that are different sizes or do not respond to light
- Drowsiness, lethargy
- Swelling or softness in the area of the injury
- Slurred speech
- Loss of balance
- Clear or bloody fluid draining from the ears, nose
- Irritability, restlessness
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