Bumbo Bungle

It’s this sort of thing that makes me think our civilization is doomed:

Hi Folks! Just read about this warning regarding Bumbo Seats — little seats that look even safer than normal seats because there’s a big, hmmm, I guess “bumbo” in front of the crotch, wedging the child in. (See below.) About 4 million — that’s 4,000,000 — have been sold. And now they are being recalled for retooling — basically adding a safety belt — after reports of 2 baby skull fractures. (Two, that is, while the seat was on the ground. Another 19 occurred when the seat was on a raised surface and presumably the child fell out or off.)

We put Sal 11000 in a Baby Bumbo without any idea … any clue .. that we were exposing her to a 1 in 200,000 chance of getting hurt. What the hell were we thinking? We should have just swaddled her in bubble wrap and never left the house! I even have picture of me committing this horrible crime, holding her hand and explaining football to her. I could tell she liked football because she drooled more.

We’re just coming off a stupid recall of Buckeyballs — the little molybdenum magnets that you can arrange into cool shapes — because kids can swallow them and cause serious intestinal injury. Never mind that this can happen with any magnet. Never mind that the product is clearly labelled for ages 13 and up. Never mind that the injuries, while horrific, are thankfully rare. Kids! Injuries! One death! Don’t you care about the children?! I have a buckeyball set at work. I should destroy it immediately. Or better still, just fill my office with concrete to isolate the awful things before they leap off the desk and attack my intestines. I already had my abdominal surgery for the year.

But … in some ways, I’m encouraged. If our products are so safe that we are reduced to recalling Baby Fucking Bumbos, we must be doing pretty well.

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  1. InsipiD

    Whenever anyone uses terms like “for the children,” or “it’s too important,” I’d generally be against it. At the very least, I’d be against doing anything hastily.

    And if anyone tries to take away my desk Buckyballs away will get a swift kick in the Buckyballs.

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    It’s all part of the “precious snowflake” mentality, and it’s ruining civilization.

    And to be perfectly honest, who doesn’t hate children? All they are is a poor substitute for a dog….

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  3. Hal_10000 *

    It’s all part of the “precious snowflake” mentality, and it’s ruining civilization.

    Exactly. Children are not delicate little flowers who will wilt at any trauma. There’s actually been a couple of studies the last few years showing that “dangerous” play equipment is far better for kids than “safe” stuff because it teaches kids about danger and risk management, even if it comes at the cost of the occasional broken arm.

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  4. blameme

    As some of you may know, we homeschool our kids. Part of the reason why was to let them roam, be kids and play outside. We have school many days outside – great science and math lessons there – always something new to see – a new spider or cricket etc.

    They climb trees, find bugs, lizards, frogs and spiders daily. They have found snakes (they know to come get us) etc.

    We let them be kids and we tell them to be smart, but to be curious and explore. We teach them that scrapes and bruises are badges of courage of being a kid.

    Is is tragic when a freak accident harms or kills a child? Yes. YES.

    But the bigger tragedy is kids losing their youth being coddled and taught to be afraid.

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  5. zinger

    You think that’s bad? Check out the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool Safety law. It is a law tat recently required all public pools and spas (defined as open to more than two households – so your apartment complexes pool would have to comply) to have specially designed drain covers to prevent entrapments. Now obviously, nobody wants there to be any tragedies involving pools and kids getting trapped by a drain in a pool and thereby injured or killed. But just how big of a problem was this that we needed such a law to “protect our kids”?

    Well, in 2007, in the entire United States, there were a total of 74 reports of circulation entrapments. Of those 74 entrapments, 63 resulted in injuries and 9 resulted in deaths (7 of those deaths occurring in “residential” pools that are not covered by the new law).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Graeme_Baker_Pool_And_Spa_Safety_Act

    Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? That is until you consider just how many people actually use public pools in a given year. I actually could not find any statistics on how many Americans go swimming in public pools in a given year. What I did find was a stat that said that one in five Americans admit to peeing in public pools.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/30/swimming-pool-germs-1-in-_n_1556135.html

    So, to be conservative, let’s say that 100% of those who use public pools pee in them and therefore we can extrapolate that one in five Americans actually use public pools (the number is likely much higher, but for the sake of argument, let’s stick with the conservative figure. So that means that approximately 62,000,000 use a public pool in a given year. So, in a given year, before this law was enacted, you had a 1 in a million chance of having a circulation entrapment incident, and a 1 in 30 million chance of dying from that circulation entrapment incident. And remember, these are conservative estimates.

    Thank GOD, Debbie Wasserman Schulz introduced this legislation to protect Americans everywhere from such a dire hazard.

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  6. repmom

    Having seen a picture of my one-year-old granddaughter sitting in one of these seats many months ago, I questioned my daughter about it this morning after reading Hal’s post.

    She said the seat is designed to help the child learn to sit up on his/her own, and definitely not designed as a chair for a child to be sat in and left unattended. She said she used it less than two months, and agreed with Hal that the recall was totally ridiculous.

    Oh……that video is too cute, except I kept thinking with all that spinning, that the kid was bound to puke at some point.

    Common sense, people. The gov’t can’t protect us from everything. Can they? And do we really want them to? I say no,

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  7. FPrefect89

    Oh……that video is too cute, except I kept thinking with all that spinning, that the kid was bound to puke at some point.

    It was stop motion, so not sure how much spinning was going on. Take a picture, go move a bit, take a pic, etc….

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  8. HARLEY

    Exactly. Children are not delicate little flowers who will wilt at any trauma. There’s actually been a couple of studies the last few years showing that “dangerous” play equipment is far better for kids than “safe” stuff because it teaches kids about danger and risk management, even if it comes at the cost of the occasional broken arm.

    given the standards of today, I should have not survived child hood, what with all the BB, gun fights, bottle rocket wars, and playing dodge the lawn dart…………………

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  9. repmom

    given the standards of today, I should have not survived child hood, what with all the BB, gun fights, bottle rocket wars, and playing dodge the lawn dart…………………

    And yet you did. And how many others did as well? Amazing, isn’t it.

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