Bumbo International Trust—Bumbo Baby Seat

Identifying features

The following is marked on the underside of the seat: "Manufactured by Bumbo South Africa, Material: Polyurethane, World Patent No. PCT: ZA/1999/00030"

What are the defects?

The Bumbo seat is safe for its intended use, that is, only on the floor and with adult supervision. The seat is not designed to be totally restrictive and thus infants may squirm or manoeuvre out of the seat. Using the product on a table, bench or other raised surface constitutes misuse. Indeed, the seat has warnings printed on the back instructing consumers never to use the seat on a raised surface and that the seat is designed for floor-level use only, as well as similar warnings on the packaging and on a leaflet included inside the box. Since late 2007, additional warnings against elevated use have been printed on the front of the seat and on the packaging.

What are the hazards?

Babies can manoeuvre out of or fall from the Bumbo seat. When the warnings go unheeded and there is product misuse - most importantly, by using the seat on a raised surface - there is a risk of serious injury. The risk of injury from use of the seat as intended - only on the floor and with adult supervision - is low and no greater than when a child is crawling or learning to walk or stand. However, to further enhance the product's safety when it is used as intended on the floor and in an abundance of caution, Bumbo is (a) providing consumers who already have a Bumbo Baby Seat a restraint belt kit that will help prevent children from manoeuvring out of the seat, and (b) distributing seats to retailers with a restraint belt kit either fitted to the product, or included in the product packaging.

What should consumers do?

Consumers should immediately stop using the product until they order and install a free repair kit. The harness kit includes: a restraint belt with a warning label, installation instructions, safe use instructions, and a new warning sticker. The belt should always be used when a child is placed in the seat. Even with the belt installed, the seat should never be used on any raised surface. Consumers should also not use any Bumbo seat covers that interfere with the installation and use of the belt. A video demonstrating proper installation of the restraint belt and proper use of the Bumbo seat are available at www.bumbo.com.au and www.bumboaustralia.com.au

Traders who sold this product

The product was distributed by Exquira Pty Ltd and Como Baby Pty Ltd, and was available from the following outlets: Toys R Us, BIG W, David Jones, various toy and children's stores nationwide, and various online sellers.

Where the product was sold
Dates available for sale
  • 1 January 2001 - 31 August 2012

Responsible regulator

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is the responsible regulator for this recall.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
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