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More than 400,000 Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers are being recalled over a hazard that's led to dozens of infant injuries.
At least 60 small children have been hurt, including a 7-month-old boy who suffered a skull fracture from using the baby activity seat. One adult was also injured, suffering a chipped tooth.
The problem lies in an attachment toy that looks like a "sun," the Consumer Products Safety Commission explained in a recall notice.
The "sun" toy is one of many toys attached to the baby activity seat. It's on a flexible stalk that "can rebound with force and injure the infant, posing an impact hazard," the CPSC reports.
The recall only affects Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers with model number 90564, which can be found on a tag underneath the seat. The recalled jumpers were manufactured before November 2011; owners can tell by looking for a "date code" sewn into the back of the blue seat pad.
The CPSC lists 20 specific "date codes" included in this baby seat recall. They are: OD0, OE0, OF0, OG0, OH0, OI0, OJ0, OK0, OL0, OA1, OB1, OC1, OD1, OE1, OF1, OG1, OH1, OI1, OJ1 and OK1.
Consumers who've purchased Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers can contact the manufacturer, Atlanta-based Kids II, toll-free at (877) 325-7056, or head to the company's website, www.kidsii.com. The company plans to issue replacement toy attachments.
As for those hurt by the product, they may want to consider consulting a products liability lawyer to help get compensation for medical bills and other expenses related to their (or their children's) injuries.
One potential legal route would be to sue under a theory of strict liability, alleging that an unreasonably dangerous defect caused injury. In such cases, plaintiffs must generally show the product was being used properly and that the product had not been substantially changed from the condition in which it was sold.
Keep in mind, however, that each state sets different time limits for bringing product liability lawsuits. Check out this list for the statute of limitations in your state.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.