Baby Einstein Recall: Jumpers Can Pose Safety Hazard

Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 03:26 PM

By David Ogul

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A recall of 400,000 Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers has been issued after complaints that included reports of 61 babies suffering injuries ranging from a skull fracture to cuts and bruises.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the recall includes jumpers with a model number of 90564. The model number can be found on a tag attached to the underside of the seat.

Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact the manufacturer Kids II for a replacement toy attachment. The items were sold at Target, Toys R Us and other retail stores nationwide, along with, between May 2010 and May 2013 for about $90.

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Fox19 News in Atlanta reports that the problem exists with the “sun” toy attachment on the jumper that can rebound with enough force to injure an infant.

Parents were quickly spreading the word about the recall on Twitter and other social networking sites.

“Please review this product recall information on the Baby Einstein Activity Jumper and be sure to share,” tweeted Shari Hinz, who uses the Twitter handle @BabyLuvBoutique.

This is not the first black eye for a Baby Einstein product. In 2009, the Walt Disney Co. began offering refunds for Baby Einstein videos, which once claimed to boost the intelligence level of the infants who watched them.

The New York Times reported that one-third of all American babies from 6 months to 2 years old had at least one Baby Einstein video in 2003. The videos were simple productions that included classical music, bright colors, and puppets. The Baby Einstein franchise would expand to include books, toys, flashcards, and clothes.

Despite the extent of the latest recall, it pales in comparison to recalls of the past. In 2007, for example, Mattel recalled 9 million Chinese-made toys, many of which included lead paint.

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