More than 2 million infant swings and rockers recalled after 10-month-old dies

More than 2 million infant swings and rockers recalled after 10-month-old dies

More than 2 million MamaRoo swings and RockaRoo rockers are being recalled after the strangulation death of a 10-month-old and close call involving another child, Thorley Industries and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Monday.

The recall involves 2 million MamaRoo swings and 220,000 RockaRoo rockers sold by Thorley’s 4moms line at BuyBuy Baby and Target stores nationwide, as well as online at 4moms.com and Amazon. The swings and rockers were sold from January 2010 through August 2022 for between $160 and $250, according to the notice posted by the CPSC.

Another 60,000 MamaRoo swings and 10,000 RockaRoo rockers were sold in Canada, the agency and Pennsylvania-based company said.

4moms has received two reports of infants getting entangled in the strap under an unoccupied MamaRoo infant swing after crawling under the product’s seat. One 10-month old died from asphyxiation and another 10-month-old baby suffered bruising to his neck before being rescued by a caregiver, they said.

The infant’s death occurred in December 2020, the company told Consumer Reports. The prior injury occurred in 2018, according to the CPSC’s incident report. 

In the report, a parent describes their son crawling through a space between the swing’s base and seat and getting entangled by the product’s strap. “The strap got so tightly twisted around his neck I had to cut the strap to loosen him. He suffered marks and popped blood vessels all the way around his neck,” the parent wrote. “Very scary and is dangerous if anyone has this product and doesn’t realize the straps underneath can do this,” the person added. 

“We are deeply saddened by the two incidents that occurred when babies crawled under the seat of unoccupied MamaRoo swings,” Gary Waters, CEO of 4moms, said in an emailed statement. “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 added.

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Thorley Industries is recalling more than 2 million infant rockers and swings because of a risk of strangulation. Among the products being recalled is the MamaRoo Model 1037 and RockaRoo Model 4M-012, pictured above.

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The recall involves MamaRoo models using a three-point harness: versions 1.0 and 2.0 (model number 4M-005), version 3.0 (model number 1026) and version 4.0 (model number 1037). The RockaRoo rocker being recalled has the model number 4M-012, which can be found on its bottom.

Families with infants who can crawl should stop using the recalled swings and rockers and put them where babies can’t reach them. 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.

“While we welcome the recall, these incidents are a somber reminder of what can happen when a common hazard, like a loose strap, goes unnoticed until it’s too late,” Oriene Shin, policy counsel for product safety at Consumer Reports, stated on Tuesday in an emailed release. “Parents trust companies to anticipate hazards and design products that protect their baby from a wide range of scenarios, including those that might not seem very likely.”

Thorley Industries can be reached toll-free at (877) 870-7390 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday; by email at safetyandrecall@4moms.com; or online at https://www.4momsrecall.expertinquiry.com or https://www.4moms.com.

Rocker safety warning

Monday’s recall comes two months after the CPSC warned Americans against using infant rockers for sleep, citing at least 14 deaths linked to products made by Fisher-Price and another by Kids2.

Parents and caregivers should never use inclined products  — including rockers, gliders, soothers and swings — for infant sleep and should also not leave babies in the products unattended or with bedding material due to the risk of suffocation, the agency and companies said. 

President Biden in May signed into law the Safe Sleep for Babies Act, which bans the manufacture or sale of padded crib bumper pads and inclined sleep products linked to hundreds of deaths. 

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