Aug. 16, 2022 – The brand 4moms is recalling more than 2 million infant swings and rockers after a 10-month-old died due to strangulation and another child was injured, according to a recall alert from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The recall includes 2 million MamaRoo swings and 220,000 RockaRoo rockers sold by Thorley Industries at BuyBuy Baby and Target stores in the U.S., as well as online at 4moms.com and Amazon. Another 60,000 MamaRoo swings and 10,000 RockaRoo rockers were sold in Canada. The swings and rockers were sold between January 2010 and August 2022 for $160 to $250.
4moms has received two reports of infants getting entangled in the strap under an unoccupied MamaRoo infant swing after crawling under the seat. A 10-month-old died from asphyxiation, and another 10-month-old had neck bruising before being rescued by a caregiver, according to the recall notice. No incidents involving the RockaRoo rockers have been reported.
The recall involves MamaRoo models that use a three-point harness, which includes versions 1.0 and 2.0 (with model number 4M-005), version 3.0 (model number 1026), and version 4.0 (model number 1037). The RockaRoo rocker has the model number 4M-012. You can find the model number on the bottom of the product for all versions.
Families with infants who crawl should stop using the recalled swings and rockers right away and move them out of the reach of babies and children. Those with the recalled products can register for a free strap fastener to prevent the straps from extending under the swing when not in use.
“We are deeply saddened by the two incidents that occurred when babies crawled under the seat of the unoccupied MamaRoo swings,” Gary Waters, CEO of 4moms, told CBS News.
“The free strap fastener kit we have designed is an easy-to-install solution that we believe will prevent any other incidents from happening,” he said.
Monday’s recall comes 2 months after the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning against using infant rockers for sleep, citing at least 13 deaths linked to products made by Fisher-Price and Kids2. Parents and caregivers shouldn’t use inclined products – such as rockers, gliders, soothers, and swings – for infant sleep and shouldn’t leave babies unrestrained or unattended due to the risk of suffocation, the agency said.
In May, President Joe Biden signed into law the Safe Sleep for Babies Act, which bans the manufacture or sale of padded crib bumper pads and inclined sleep products. The products have been linked to hundreds of deaths due to suffocation risks.
Customers can register for the free strap fastener by calling 4moms at 877-870-7390 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday; emailing [email protected]; or registering online at the 4moms recall page.