Two reports of babies entangled in dangling straps of an infant swing — one of them fatal — in 12 years prompted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and a Pennsylvania manufacturer to recall more than 2 million swings and manufacturers.
The CPSC and Thorley Industries, dba 4moms, also cautioned families with children who can crawl to immediately stop using the MamaRoo swing and RockaRoo rockers because the products’ restraint straps dangle below the seats when not in use.
A free strap fastener that prevents the straps from dangling under the swing is available from 4moms. Contact them toll-free at 877-870-7390 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at https://www.4momsrecall.expertinquiry.com/ or https://www.4moms.com and click on SAFETY & RECALL at the top of the page for more information. 4moms is contacting all known purchasers directly.
The recall includes only the first four MamaRoo models, which use a 3-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 latest model, which uses a 5-point harness, is not recalled. The RockaRoo model number under recall is 4M-012.
The recalled rockers and swings were sold at BuyBuy Baby and Target and online at 4moms.com and Amazon from January 2010 to this month.
The two incidents both involved 10-month-old infants and MamaRoo swings. One died from asphyxiation after crawling beneath the swing and becoming entangled; the other suffered bruising to his neck before he was rescued. No incidents involving the RockaRoo were reported, but it uses the same harness mechanism as the MamaRoo swing so was included in the recall.
The recall includes 2 million MamaRoos and 200,000 RockaRoos sold in the United States and tens of thousand more sold in Canada.
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[Featured image: MamaRoo swing/US Consumer Product Safety Commission]