Being a blogger we come across many neat products, we also hear about alerts, recalls and other things from companies. I work with Prince Lionheart as an Elite Writer and was happy to see that PLH had a response to the recent Bumbo recall.
First and foremost Prince Lionheart’s seats have never been recalled, and second for any of those parents who have a bumbo Prince Lionheart has teamed up with MOM365 and launched the first ever Prince Lionheart flash sale. Sale is live and features 45% off new and classic products.
During the last Bumbo recall Prince Lionheart swapped out 1,000 bumbo seats for the bebPOD flex. While I think this was amazing on Prince Lionheart’s part it shows they care about the safety of babies.
Note from Kelly:
With all the discussions surrounding today’s announcement of a third product recall of a popular infant seat, I’d like to take the opportunity to share a few thoughts with you on Prince Lionheart’s bébéPOD® range.
It was announced today that more serious skull fracture incidents have been reported involving infants using the competitor’s infant seat since its first product recall:
“Since the first recall, CPSC and Bumbo International of South Africa have learned of at least 50 incidents in which babies fell from Bumbo seats while they were being used on raised surfaces. CPSC says another 34 babies fell from the seats while they were being used on the floor or at an unknown elevation. In all, there were 21 reports of skull fractures to infants.”
Although Prince Lionheart’s bébéPODs are competitive products to the recalled seat, the bébéPODs have never been the subject of a CPSC recall, nor are they the subject of today’s recall. In fact, Prince Lionheart has had no reports of any infant being badly injured as a result of using Prince Lionheart’s bébéPOD products. The bébéPODs have been well received in the market since their introduction, with parents reporting great satisfaction with their performance.
When safety concerns first began mounting about the competitor’s product, Prince Lionheart did all that we could to ensure that the products we were producing were the safest they could be, so we added safety straps to the bébéPODs as a design evolution. As a small family business and manufacturers ourselves, we understand the importance of products being used as intended, but as parents, it was disheartening for us to see the twice recalled competitor’s product come back onto the market without any product design changes that could possibly improve its safety record.
After the CPSC issued its second safety alert for the competitor’s product last fall, Prince Lionheart offered an exchange program in which owners of the competitor’s product could exchange, at no cost, their old seats for Prince Lionheart’s new bébéPODs. More than 1,000 chairs were exchanged (see attached photo), which goes to show that parents, if given the choice between a seat with straps versus a seat without, will elect the safer alternative. Design evolutions happen in every industry, and while we cannot replace all seats for free, we felt it was important to show Prince Lionheart’s commitment to giving parents an opportunity to choose the safest seating alternative available.
Prince Lionheart is dedicated to creating quality products that will make parents’ lives easier and the lives of children secure and safe. We stand behind our bébéPOD products, are satisfied with their performance, and are happy to see that the third time is the charm when it comes to the government demanding that our babies sit as safely as possible.
I hope this provides a measure of reassurance, and thank you for your loyal support of Prince Lionheart.
*Information was provided. As an Elite Writer I do receive product, all opinions are my own and I am sharing this information purely to get the word out. I do not get paid to share this information.