Following reports of at least another 45 incidents involving infants involved in fall accidents when their Bumbo seats were placed on elevated surfaces, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is once again warning parents and guardians against ever using this product on a countertop, chair, table, or another surface that is above ground level. A recall issuing this same warning had been issued in 2007 and involved about 1 million Bumbo "Baby Sitter" Seats. CPSC and Bumbo International had noted that moving forward, a warning label cautioning against this specific hazard would be included with the child seats. Skull fractures, concussions, and at least one broken bone are among the injuries reported.
Babies in Bumbo seats are at risk of falling out whenever they lean forward or to the side, rock in any direction, or arch their backs. By placing this product on an elevated surface, this increases the risk of serious injuries. Our Anaheim brain injury lawyers represent children and adults who got hurt because of other parties' negligence. Please contact our Orange County, California personal injury law firm today.
The CPSC and Bumbo International also say they know of at least 50 other incidents involving babies falling or wiggling their way out of Bumbo seats that were at unknown heights or on the ground.
Babies and Head Injuries
A head injury can be dangerous for anyone--but especially for babies, whose scalps tend to be more delicate. While fortunately minor bumps and bruises can easily be alleviated with ice and loving tenderness, this doesn't mean that you shouldn't observe your child carefully for signs of a possibly more serious brain injury, such as a brain bleeding, a concussion, a skull fracture, or a traumatic brain injury.
Steps to take after your baby has struck his/her head:
• Observe your child closely over the next 24 hours and watch for any changes in behavior.
• Try not to let him/her sleep for at least an hour after the injury accident. Short naps are fine, but check on the baby frequently for changes in skin coloring or breathing or involuntary body twitches
These symptoms may be signs of a more serious head injury and you may want to seek medical help right away:
• Loss of consciousness
• Confusion or disorientation
• Balance issues
• Incessant crying
• Severe headache
• Rolling or crossed eyes
• One pupil appearing larger than the other
• Vision problems
Contact our Anaheim personal injury law firm today. We represent children and adults in Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and Orange County, California. We also handle California products liability cases against the manufacturers of dangerous or defective consumer goods that caused severe injury or death.
Infants in Bumbo Baby Seats Falling from Elevated Surfaces and Suffering Serious Head Injuries, CPSC, November 22, 2011
Bumbo Baby Seats Recalled, CBS News, February 11, 2009
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