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Hugely Popular Bumbo Baby Seats Caused 19 Skull Fractures After Children Fell Out Of Them

16/08/2012 13:06 | Updated 22 May 2015
Hugely popular Bumbo baby seats caused 19 skull fractures after children fell out of themREUTERS

A hugely popular baby seat has caused 50 accidents, including 19 skull fractures in babies, it has been revealed.

The Bumbo seats – which are widely available in the UK – have been recalled in the US and Canada after a series of cases in which infants were injured falling out of them.

However, trading standards here say there are no plans for similar action in the UK.

At least 50 incidents involving the Bumbo seats have been reported in the US since 2007 according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Nineteen of the incidents included skull fractures. In all of those 50 cases, the babies fell while the moulded-foam seat was on a raised surface.

There have been another 34 reports of infants hurt while the one-piece seat was on a floor or an unknown elevation.

Of these, two babies suffered fractured skulls. Bumbo International Trust has voluntarily withdrawn four million of the seats in the US and 340,000 in Canada, authorities have said.

In 2007, the South African-based company recalled a million seats so it could add a sticker to the front of the seat warning against using it on elevated surfaces.

In a statement, the Bumbo manufacturer said consumers should stop using the product until they install a free repair kit, which includes a restraining belt and a new warning sticker.

Bumbo has also confirmed that it would be offering a free safety restraint in all countries where the seat is sold.
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