Millions of baby swings and rockers recalled over risk of asphyxiation, other injuries
Millions of baby swings and rockers that pose a risk of asphyxiation or other injuries to infants have been recalled, according to an announcement Monday from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
4moms, which manufactures products for young children, issued a recall of its MamaRoo Baby Swing — versions 1.0 through 4.0 — and RockaRoo Baby Rockers, the CPSC said.
“When the swing or rocker is not in use, their restraint straps can dangle below the seat and non-occupant crawling infants can become entangled in the straps, posing a strangulation hazard,” the CPSC indicated.
The recall affects 2 million MamaRoo swings and 220,000 RockaRoo rockers, according to the CPSC information. The CPSC also indicated that 60,000 MamaRoo swings and 10,000 RockaRoo rockers were sold in Canada.
“4moms has received two reports of entanglement incidents involving infants who became caught in the strap under the unoccupied MamaRoo infant swing after they crawled under the seat, including a 10-month-old infant who died from asphyxiation, and a 10-month-old infant who suffered bruising to his neck before being rescued by a caregiver,” a statement from the CPSC and 4moms indicated. “No incidents involving the RockaRoo have been reported.”
The statement from 4moms and the CPSC recommends those who have the products “immediately stop using the recalled swings and rockers, place them in an area where crawling infants cannot access and contact 4moms immediately to register for a free strap fastener that will prevent the straps from extending under the swing when not in use.”
Baby swings and rockers have been involved in a number of recent recalls. The Kids II Rocking Sleepers were linked to five infant deaths and the the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleepers were connected to more than 30 infant deaths over 10 years.
TJX agreed to pay a fine of $13 million earlier this month for selling those products at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods stores from March 2014 through October 2019 after they had been removed from the market.