Madigan issues alert over baby seats

By Bryan Cohen | Aug 17, 2012


CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued a consumer alert on Wednesday alerting Illinois caregivers and parents to a recall of Bumbo baby seats announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The national voluntary recall of the seats, manufactured by Bumbo International, was the result of a high risk to babies if they fall from or maneuver out of the chair. The recall affects approximately four million individual products around the country.

"These 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."

Bumbo seats are made from foam with a back rest and leg holes. The CPSC recalled one million seats in 2007, requiring Bumbo to put a warning label on the seat advising users not to place it on an elevated surface. The CPSC renewed the warning in 2011 after reports of injuries to babies continued to occur when they fell out of the seats from elevated places.

Consumers with Bumbo seats should stop using the products immediately until they order and install a free repair kit, Madigan says. The kit includes a restraining belt with a warning label, safe use instructions, installation instructions and a new warning sticker.

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