On August 15, 2012 Bumbo International along with Health Canada and the CPSC announced the recall of over 4.5 million bumbo seats sold between August 2003 and August 2012. According to Health Canada announcement 341,991 Bumbo seats had been sold in Canada during that time frame.
Unfortunately this is the second voluntary recall on this popular product. In 2007, the Bumbo was recalled after 50 incidents of children falling from the seat when being used on a raised surface. The outcome of the 2007 recall was the addition of a large warning label instructing parents to not use the product on elevated surfaces and not to leave children unattended in the seat. Since the 2007 recall the Bumbo seat has continued to sell well to parents with young children and is a very commonly used baby product.
According to the Health Canada announcement, “Since the 2007 recall to provide warnings against use on raised surfaces, Health Canada has received 5 reports of Canadian incidents related to the use of these products, with three reports resulting in minor injury.”
Bumbo International has responded and is taking this recall very seriously. Bumbo International is making available a free retrofit kit that includes a harness system that can be installed in the seat along with a warning label to affix to the front of the seat. All owners of a Bumbo should obtain this retrofit kit, even if you are not currently using your Bumbo seat. You never know when you may lend your seat to someone, or resell it, so you would definitely want to make sure it is compliant with this recall.
For more information on this voluntary recall, please check out:
- the Bumbo Canada website at www.BumboCanada.com
- Health Canada’s announcement on the Bumbo Voluntary Recall
- Or if you are in the USA, you should refer to the US CPSC
The free retrofit kit is only available by completing the steps from the Bumbo Canada website. Unfortunately retrofit kits are not available at this time from your local Bumbo retailer.