PITTSBURGH (WXIN) – More than 2 million baby swings and rockers are being recalled due to entanglement and strangulation risks.
On Monday, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Thorley Industries, known as 4moms, announced the recall, which involves about 2 million MamaRoo swings and 220,000 RockaRoo rockers.
Additionally, 60,000 MamaRoo and 10,000 RockaRoo were sold in Canada.
MamaRoo is a baby swing that offers multiple movements and speeds. The recall only involves models equipped with a three-point harness. MamaRoo models that use a five-point harness are not included in this recall.
RockaRoo is a baby rocker with front-to-back gliding motion.
This recall was initiated because when not in use, the restraint strap could hang below the seat and a non-crawling infant could become tangled in the strap, posing a strangulation hazard.
The company said it has received two reports of entanglement incidents involving babies who got caught in the rope under the MamaRoo baby swing. This includes reports where babies died from suffocation and other babies had to be rescued by caregivers.
On the Safer Products website, a consumer posted that her 10-month-old son crawled into the space between the base and the seat in 2018. The child got caught in a strap, which was twisted so tightly around his neck that they had to cut the strap to loosen him.
The consumer reported that her son was experiencing signs and symptoms of bleeding along his neck. He also had popped blood vessels around his eyes.
“It’s very scary and dangerous if someone has this product and doesn’t realize that the strap underneath can do this,” the consumer said in their incident report.
That rope is the target of the recall. Anyone with the recalled product should contact 4moms immediately to register for a free strap fastener, which will prevent the strap from extending under the swing when not in use.
Until they get the strap fasteners, the company says anyone with a crawling baby should immediately stop using the recalled swings and rockers and place them in areas where crawling babies can’t access them.
The company issued the following statement:
“Families put their trust in our company when they choose to bring our products into their homes. That’s why we take every precaution and make extra efforts to ensure that our baby gear products not only meet but exceed all applicable safety standards.
We are deeply saddened by two incidents that occurred when babies crawled under the seats of unoccupied MamaRoo swings. After investigating the circumstances behind these two reported incidents, 4moms decided to implement a voluntary recall in partnership with the CPSC.
The free strap fastening kit we designed is an easy-to-install solution that we believe will prevent another incident when the MamaRoo or RockaRoo is not in use and baby crawls under the seat. We strongly urge our customers, retailers, and reseller partners to implement strap fastening solutions to ensure the complete safety of our products.
We will continue to maintain the highest quality and safety standards so parents feel safe, secure, and confident in their decisions for 4 moms to support their families.
Gary Waters, CEO 4 mother