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Lawsuit Filed Against Maker of Bumbo Babysitter seats

On June 7, 2011 a lawsuit was filed against South Africa-based Bumbo and Wayne and Toys R Us alleging that they disregarded the documented safety concerns of the Bumbo Baby Sitter seat. Suit was filed on behalf of a family of a 9 month old baby who suffered serious injuries when he fell from his Bumbo Baby Sitter seat.

The Bumbo Baby Sitter seat is a soft-molded foam seat that is recommended for babies between two months and 14 months. The seat is marketed as "your extra set of hands", and is designed to help babies sit upright and develop trunk control before they can do so on their own. The Bumbo, however, does not contain any safety belt or harness. Babies who arch their backs while sitting in the Bumbo can flip out of the seat and suffer serious injuries, especially if the Bumbo has been placed on a raised surface.

On October 25, 2007 the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled about 1 million Bumbo Baby Sitter seats until Bumbo International created new warnings and instructions to be provided to consumers upon purchase. The CPSC Warning required Bumbo's new warning label to read, "WARNING: Prevent Falls; Never use on any elevated surface."

As of October 2007 the CPSC had received 28 reports of young children falling out of the Bumbo Baby Sitter seat, including three skull fractures, which occurred when children fell out of chairs that had been placed on tables. The lawsuit claims that Bumbo and Toys R Us knew about these reports of serious injuries, but rushed the product back to stores after inadequately addressing the safety risks.

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