Baby Einstein's not-so-smartly designed Musical Motion Activity Jumpers are being recalled. Complaints on the $90 device appeared in online customer reviews as early as 2011.
The voluntary recall is for jumper model number 90564 (the same model still hosted at Baby Einstein's website – here), sold at nationwide retailers and online at Amazon.com between 2010 and 2013, according to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The company, Kids II, announced the recall yesterday after they received 100 incident reports describing 61 injuries related to the jumper. Injuries ranged from bruises and lacerations to serious head trauma.
Injuries centered around a "sun" toy attachment, which Baby Einstein describes on its site as a "sun teether," that sits atop a spring-loaded stalk connected to the jumper. The stalk, when tugged and released, can rebound with enough force to, in one reported case, fracture the skull of a 7-month-old.
Reviewers on Target's website complained specifically of the sun toy attachment.
On Target, where the device has a 4-star rating out of five possible, one commenter on June 17, 2011, wrote: "our 7 month old discovered an issue with the yellow sunflower item attached to the activity center. She was able to bend it over which makes it catapult back towards her face. After it cracked her in the forehead (twice) resulting in tears, we removed this toy."
Another written on April 7, 2012, said: "When a baby pulls on it, it flies back and aims straight for their little head, resulting in screaming. It actually left a bruise on my daughters head!"
If you have purchased the recalled model and would like a free replacement, call Kids II toll-free at (877) 325-7056, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday. You can also go online at www.kidsii.com, go to the bottom of the page and click recall for more information.