Starr Austen & Miller Investigating Bumbo Baby Seat Recall

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Scott Starr, of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, announced today that the firm is investigating potential products liability claims related to the recall of over four million Bumbo baby seats, possibly for claims including failure to warn, and also defective design.

Scott Starr, of the Indiana law firm of Starr Austen & Miller LLP, announced today that the firm is investigating potential products liability claims related to the recall of over four million Bumbo baby seats, possibly for claims including failure to warn, and also defective design.

Bumbo baby seats have been sold for many years, and this recall includes seats sold between August 2003 through August 2012, through many popular retailers including Sears, Target, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, USA Babies, and Walmart, among others. The dangers include, but are not limited to, using the seat on an elevated surface where babies, ages 3-10 months, approximately, can fall, causing severe injuries, including both concussions and skull fractures.

In fact, the danger of falls from elevated surfaces has been known in this product for many years, and in October 2007 Bumbo had previously recalled these seats so it could provide additional warnings about fall risks.

In addition to fall risks from elevated heights, however, there are also an additional 34 reports that Bumbo and the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission are aware of, post-2007 recall, where the babies did not fall from an elevated surface, but fell or maneuvered out of these seats while they were being used on the floor, or an unknown elevation, who also suffered injuries. These injuries ranged from minor, such as bumps, bruises, and other minor injuries, but at least two resulted in skull fractures.

According to CBS News, Bumbo is offering all owners of these baby seats a free repair kit which contains a restraint belt (basically a seat belt) that should always be used when the child is placed in the seat, as well as additional new warning labels that should be placed on the product. You can get your free repair kit by ordering it online, through Bumbo’s website at http://recall.bumbousa.com.

Scott Starr states, “We are in the process of investigating whether there are any product liability claims that should be brought against Bumbo for either, or both, failure to properly warn of safety hazards of using this product, and for defective design. The fact that babies can be injured not only when on elevated surfaces, but also on the floor when using this product may not have been sufficiently communicated to consumers. Further, this product was apparently sold to the public without any safety restraints designed into it for over nine years, even after recalling the product in 2007 because babies were injured in falls. This failure to add safety restraints for this long of a period could potentially be a very severe design flaw.”

If your baby has been injured while using a Bumbo baby seat you may be able to seek legal recourse in the form of a product liability lawsuit. Talk to an experienced products liability attorney who can help you understand your options.

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