Millions of Baby Swings Recalled After Death of 10-Month-Old
By M. C. Millman
4moms of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has issued a recall on 2 million baby swings and 220,000 rockers.
The recall, issued today, includes the MamaRoo Baby Swing, versions 1.0 through 4.0, and RockaRoo Baby Rockers. These models use a 3-point harness. The MamaRoo model that uses a 5-point harness is not part of the recall.
"When the swing or rocker is not in use," the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) describes the hazard, "their restraint straps can dangle below the seat, and non-occupant crawling infants can become entangled in the straps, posing a strangulation hazard."
4moms received reports of two entanglements incidents from infants caught in the strap under an unoccupied MamaRoo swing after crawling under the seat. One 10-month-old died from asphyxiation, and another suffered bruising on his neck before caregivers rescued him.
After investigating these incidents, 4moms conducted a voluntary recall in partnership with the CPSC.
The company also relayed that anyone with crawling infants should immediately stop using the recalled swings and rockers. The products should be placed in an area that crawling infants cannot access.
Gary Waters, 4moms CEO, said, "Anyone with the recalled products should contact 4moms immediately to register for a free strap fastener that will prevent the straps from extending under the swing when not in use."