Most products created by companies on the market today are designed safely,
constructed correctly, and sufficiently tested so that they post no significant
risk of danger or harm. However, defective products do occasionally make
it to the marketplace, causing
personal injury and possibly wrongful deaths in users. These defective products are not
only dangerous, but costly as well. Injuries as a result of a product
mishap may be long-term and devastating to those injured and their loved ones.
A few months ago, our Marietta injury law firm posted an update for guardians
to be aware of product recalls that could affect children. That post included
information on the popular Bumbo Baby Seat devices, which are used to
help babies sit up before they otherwise would be able to. Over the past
year or longer, the product has been associated with numerous injuries
to infants after falling from the seats. This caused consumer groups to
ask the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall the devices, but
the only action taken by the CPSC was a warning being issued in November
of 2011. It detailed the risks associated with the product, but no recall
was announced until just this month.
Marietta Product Liability Attorneys Warn Parents of Safety Risks
On August 15, about 4 million Bumbo baby seats were recalled because several
infants were able to get out of them and have been injured while using
the product. Because the Bumbo seat is not an infant carrier or walker,
the product is not covered by any federal or industry standards, but the
Consumer Product Safety Commission has the authority to recall a product if it is not covered by a safety
standard and presents a product hazard.
The South African maker of Bumbo seats, Bumbo International, is not reimbursing
consumers for their purchases of the product. Instead, the company is
providing owners with a repair kit to add a strap to the device which
will secure babies in the seats. This is a suggestion that has been urged
by consumer groups for months. “The restraint belt will help prevent
children from getting out of or falling from the seat when it is used
as intended: on the floor with adult supervision and never on raised surfaces…
the health and safety of children using the Bumbo Baby Seat are our top
priorities,” said a statement from Bumbo International.
The recall requires owners of Bumbo seats to order the free repair kit at
http://www.recall.bumbousa.com or call (866) 898-4999. This voluntary recall also asks consumers to “apply
the new warning sticker over the existing warning on the back of the Bumbo
Baby Seat” and “discontinue use of Bumbo seat cover accessories
that interfere with installation of the restraint belt”. The Bumbo
floor seats have been sold at Babies R Us, Target, Walmart, and other
retailers nationwide since August 2003.
Kennesaw Product Liability Lawyers
The experienced Marietta product liability injury attorneys at Jones &
Swanson have helped many Georgians after they sustained injuries because
they used a defective product or were exposed to dangerous product. If
you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence,
obtaining an experienced
product liability attorney who recognizes what to look for in a case can give you the backing
needed to ensure
compensation for your injuries. Regardless of where you’re located, contact the
experienced product liability attorneys at Jones & Swanson today.
All consultations with our attorneys are free of charge.