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Bumbo is to add a safety restraint to its popular baby seats following reports of injuries including skull fractures, it said.

At least 50 incidents had been reported in the US of babies falling from the moulded foam seat while placed on a raised surface, with 19 of those including skull fractures, since a 2007 "recall", the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said in a statement.

There had been another 34 injuries, including two skull fractures, of babies who had fallen or manoeuvred out of the seat while it was on the floor or at an "unknown elevation".

The 2007 recall was to add a sticker to the front of the seat warning against using it on an elevated surfaces.

The seats are popular in the UK but Trading Standards confirmed that there was no alert or recall in place locally or elsewhere in the EU.

Mothercare, which sells the seat in the UK, said it was not aware of any recall.

However Bumbo confirmed that it would be offering a free safety restraint in all countries where the seat is sold.

A Bumbo spokeswoman said: "We are adding a restraint belt to enhance the safety of children using the Bumbo Baby Seat. We believe this will add an additional layer of safety for children who use the seat as it is intended: on the floor with adult supervision and never on raised surfaces.

"We are introducing this safety enhancement in the US and Canadian markets now. We look forward to offering this safety enhancement in all countries where the Bumbo Baby Seat is sold."

New seats will be sold with the restraint and current owners will be able to register to have one sent to them free of charge.

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