I was pretty surprised to find out that Bumbo recalled their seats this morning (8/15/2012). We used Bumbo seats with all three of our little guys and never ran into any problems. We were very careful to use the seat as directed by not placing it up on tables and making sure they were supervised when in use.
“Bumbo has determined that the potential safety issue can be readily corrected in the home by adding a restraint belt. In addition, Bumbo is providing a new warning sticker for consumers to attach to the seat to re-emphasize existing warnings against use of the seat on any raised surfaces.” (excerpt from recall press release linked about) The recall will get seat belts into the hands of current bumbo seat owners.
One thing I have seen a lot of parents do is use the chair on elevated surfaces like tables and counter tops even though the warning on the seat that says don’t do it. Yes, I know that Bumbo seats come with a tray, but it’s supposed to be a tray intended for toys. That doesn’t mean they can’t eat in a Bumbo seat, but it’s not supposed to be a replacement for a high chair.
If you are looking for an alternative to the Bumbo seat because of the recent recall, I think that the Summer Infant 3 stage seat would be a great alternative. Not only does it have a seat belt, but it comes with a tray that has toys. This seat also “grows” with your child more than a bumbo seat. It also has straps to attach it to a chair if you want to use it as a high chair as well. This is a much safer alternative to the Bumbo seat and it is reasonably priced.