Stationary activity centers were always one of my favorite baby products when my kids were growing up. They are much safer than mobile baby walkers and my kids always seemed to like them.
A new recall of about 400,000 Baby Einstein Activity Jumpers is a good reminder that we should be careful to inspect all of the products that we let our kids use and play with, even the ones that are supposed to already be safer than others.
In this recall, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling the Kids II Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers because "the 'sun' toy attachment on the activity jumper can rebound with force and injure the infant, posing an impact hazard."
How much force? There have been at least 100 reports of incidents involving these activity jumpers and at least 61 injuries, including bruises, facial lacerations, an adult with a chipped tooth, and "a 7-month-old boy who sustained a lineal skull fracture."
Baby Einstein Activity Jumpers included in the recall include model number 90564, with a date code (which is on the corner of the sewn-in label on the back of the blue seat pad): OD0, OE0, OF0, OG0, OH0, OI0, OJ0, OK0, OL0, OA1, OB1, OC1, OD1, OE1, OF1, OG1, OH1, OI1, OJ1 or OK1.
If you have one of these Baby Einstein Activity Jumpers, which were made in China and sold for about $90 at Target, Toys R Us, and other stores between May 2010 and May 2013, then you should stop using it and can get a replacement toy attachment from Kids II.
And remember to always inspect your baby products, toys, and other items when you buy them and then continue to regularly check them for dangers as your child uses them. Has something gotten loose? Could something hurt your child? If so, stop using it until you can get it replaced or repaired. You don't have to wait for a recall to figure out that a product is dangerous.