Millions of baby swings and rocking chairs that pose a risk of choking or other injury to infants have been recalled, according to an announcement Monday from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
4moms, which makes products for young children, has recalled its MamaRoo Baby Swing — versions 1.0 through 4.0 — and RockaRoo Baby Rockers, the CPSC said.
“When the swing or rocking chair is not in use, their retaining straps can dangle under the seat and crawling infants who are not occupants can become entangled in the straps, posing a strangulation hazard,” the CPSC said.
The recall affects 2 million MamaRoo swings and 220,000 RockaRoo rockers, according to CPSC information. The CPSC also indicated that 60,000 MamaRoo swings and 10,000 RockaRoo swings were sold in Canada.
“4moms has received two reports of entanglement incidents involving babies in the belt under the unoccupied MamaRoo baby swing after crawling under the seat, including a 10-month-old infant who died of suffocation, and a 10-month-old infant who suffered bruising in the neck before being rescued by a caretaker,” said a statement from the CPSC and 4moms. “There have been no reported incidents involving the RockaRoo.”
The statement from 4moms and the CPSC recommends those who have the products to “immediately stop using the recalled swings and rockers, place them in an area that crawling babies cannot access, and contact 4moms immediately.” to register for a free strap attachment that prevents straps from sliding out under the swing when not in use.”
Baby swings and rockers have been involved in a number of recent recalls. The Kids II Rocking Sleepers were associated with five infant deaths and the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleepers were associated with more than 30 infant deaths over a 10-year period.
TJX agreed to pay a $13 million fine earlier this month for sales of those products at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods stores from March 2014 to October 2019 after they were taken off the market.