Madigan alerts consumers to recall of Bumbo baby seats
general urges parents, caregivers to immediately stop using baby
chairs until restraints installed
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[August 16, 2012]
Attorney General Lisa Madigan is alerting Illinois parents and
caregivers to a recall of Bumbo baby seats. The recall was announced
by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in response to
growing reports of serious injuries to babies.
The CPSC announced the national voluntary recall of the seats,
manufactured by Bumbo International, citing a great risk to babies
if they maneuver out of or fall from the chair. The recall affects
approximately 4 million individual products nationwide.
baby seats are popular items in households with young children, but
most parents likely are unaware of the dangers these seats pose if
they're placed on a tabletop or a raised surface," Madigan said. "We
need to get the news of this recall out to parents quickly. They
should stop using these seats immediately until they receive the
safety kit and make necessary repairs."
The CPSC cited at least 50 incidents since October 2007 in which
babies fell from Bumbo seats when set on an elevated surface. Of
those incidents, 19 babies suffered skull fractures. The CPSC and
Bumbo International are also aware of 34 additional incidents of
babies falling out of the seat while it was used on a floor or
placed at an unknown height.
Bumbo seats are made of foam with a backrest and leg holes for a
baby to sit in. The CPSC previously recalled 1 million of the seats
in 2007, requiring the manufacturer to place a warning label on the
seat advising users not to place the seat on an elevated surface,
such as a table or countertop. In 2011, the CPSC renewed that
warning amid reports of injuries to babies when they fell out of the
seats from elevated places.
Consumers should immediately stop using the Bumbo seats until
they order and install a free repair kit that includes the addition
of a restraining belt with a warning label, installation
instructions, safe use instructions for the seat and a new warning
sticker. Consumers can order the free repair kit by visiting
or calling 866-898-4999.
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"After joining other consumer groups in February to call on CPSC
to take action, we are pleased to see that the CPSC has acted to
address the hazards of this product," said Nancy Cowles, executive
director of Kids In Danger, a nonprofit organization dedicated to
improving children's product safety. "We're hopeful that the
restraints will reduce the number of injuries and the company will
do all they can to ensure all parents learn of the recall and obtain
the restraint fix."
Madigan has been a leader in the call for stronger regulations to
increase product safety and consumer confidence. The Bumbo baby seat
is one of many dangerous products and toys that Madigan is raising
awareness of at this year's Illinois State Fair, currently under way
in Springfield. Madigan's "House of Hazards" state fair tent warns
parents, children and caregivers to the dangers of everyday items in
our homes, including toys, bassinets, strollers and Bumbo seats.
Consumers seeking more information on this recall can also
contact Madigan's Product Recall Hotline at 888-414-7678, TTY
800-964-3012 and 866-310-8398 for Spanish speakers, and they are
encouraged to sign up at
www.recalls.gov for email notification of recalls. Further,
consumers can report an injury related to the use of a Bumbo seat to
the CPSC by visiting
[Text from file received from the office
Illinois Attorney General Lisa