Nearly 100 infants have been hurt falling out of Bumbo Baby Seats, a total that has grown since their recall in 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday — issuing a warning about the danger.
At least 45 babies that have gotten hurt falling from the chairs while they were above ground level. The injured babies ranged in age from 3 months to 10 months old. The company, Bumbo International, and the CPSC said they’re aware of 17 infants that suffered skull fractures since the recall.
The CPSC is urging parents and caregivers to never put the seats on raised surfaces including tables and countertops. The warning applies to seats sold before and after the original recall.
Another 50 infants were hurt getting out of the seats while they were on the ground or at a height that was not documented, the CPSC said.
Bumbo seats are intended as an aid to helping babies sit upright. The seats, however, can easily be tipped by the infants, the agency said.
The seats are still being sold at many major retailers. Here’s some of the marketing pitch that appears on one popular site:
As soon as baby can hold her head up, she can sit up! This ingenious infant seat supports her back and torso, while the passive restraint prevents slipping. (Watch out for imitations: they’re just not as stable or sturdy.)
The original recall followed reports of 28 falls and three skull fractures.
Nearly 4 million of the seats were sold in the U.S. over the past eight years.