According to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, infant product manufacturer 4moms has recalled more than 2 million of its swings and rockers following one infant death and another strangulation injury (CPSC).
The restraint straps can hang below the seats when the devices are not in use, posing an asphyxiation risk to crawling babies.
In 2020, a ten-month-old baby died of asphyxiation after crawling beneath one of the swings and becoming tangled up in the strap.
Another ten-month-old baby who was caught in a similar manner in 2018 was set free by his parent, but the baby was bruised.
4moms is recalling approximately 2 million MamaRoo swings and 220,000 RockaRoo rockers sold in the United States, as well as 60,000 MamaRoo swings and 10,000 RockaRoo rockers sold in Canada. Both asphyxiation incidents involved the MamaRoo swing.
The company is advising customers who have these swings and rockers to sign up for free strap fittings, which will help stop the straps from dangling below the seats when they’re not in use. In the meantime, customers should cease using these products immediately and keep them away from crawling babies. According to the CPSC, it has examined and approved this solution for both products.