The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of two million infant swings due to the risk of entanglement and strangulation. The recall comes after a child was caught in a restraint strap and died from asphyxiation.
Thorley Industries, LLC – using a d.b.a of 4moms – recalled two million MamaRoo swings and 220,000 RockaRoo rockers on Monday, August 15, 2022. The Canadian government has also announced a recall for 60,000 infant swings and 10,000 rockers.
The recall covers MamaRoo swings and RockaRoo rockers sold between January 2010 and August 2022. Consumers may have purchased one of these defective products online through Amazon or 4moms or at a Target or BuyBuy Baby store.
The swings and rockers have unsafe straps and and consumers are urged to stop using these products immediately. Place the products out of the reach of young children. While 4moms is not offering a product replacement, consumers can request a free strap fastener.
Injury Reports Involving MaMaRoo Swings and RockaRoo Rockers
There were no injury reports associated with the RockaRoo rockers, which are designed to sooth children with an adjustable gliding motion.
As for the MaMaRoo, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported a 10-month-old died after becoming caught in a restraint strap that fell loose under an unoccupied swing. A caregiver intervened in a separate incident, saving another child’s life. But the second child – who was also just 10 months old – suffered visible neck bruising.
The MamaRoo is a button-control baby swing which features multiple speeds, motions and sound options. 4moms is recalling versions 1.0 through 4.0, which are built on a 3-point harness. Parents should note the recall does not cover models using the 5-point harness.
Do You Own a Defective Infant Swing or Rocker?
It is easy to forget your past purchases. However, it is important to check your home after a product recall. Make it a goal to act quickly and remove unsafe products before an injury.
When a children’s product is recalled, families may have to take a few extra steps. You may have purchased one of the recalled children’s swings, then moved it to storage, thinking you could reuse it again someday.
Another possibility is you may have shared one of these products with a friend or relative. If you did so, take a moment. Let them know about the MaMaRoo recall before they give the swing to another family or attempt to sell it used. Your goal is to stop any distribution of a recalled product.
Check the model numbers. Start by checking the names and model numbers of any infant swings or sleepers you are currently using or may have in storage. Read the CPSC recall notice for MaMaRoo swings for the list of model numbers.
Check your digital records. The best scenario is if you registered the product with the company at the time of purchase. If so, you may have already received an email about this week’s recall. If not, you may find what you need by reviewing your online shopping history with Amazon or you may want to search for the product names and retailers in your email account. You never know – you may have received a marketing email.
What You Can Do: Always Report Injuries Caused by Defective Products
Manufacturers have a responsibility to thoroughly test products before distribution to consumers. When a defect is uncovered, companies must promptly notify consumers to prevent other injuries. But this doesn’t always happen and it is difficult to hear another defective product has caused injury or death.
Consumers can help protect the public by reporting defective products and injuries as soon as they happen. You can contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or your local police or fire department. If you have been injured by an unsafe product, you should also consult an attorney who specializes in product liability. An attorney can help you report your injuries while investigating and protecting your legal rights should you need to seek compensation later for your medical expenses and recovery.
You should also report past injuries involving any product under recall, even minor injuries. It is about injury prevention and your report may provide the company and the CPSC with relevant information to prevent future injuries.
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