Over two million baby swings and rockers recalled after baby’s death

More than two million baby swings and rockers were recalled as strangulation hazards after one baby died and another was rescued from an entanglement.

The tether straps on MamaRoo swings and RockaRoo rockers hang under the seat when not in use, creating the potential for crawling babies to get caught in them, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. USA.

The company behind both models, 4moms, “has received two reports of entanglement incidents involving babies who got caught in the strap under the unoccupied MamaRoo baby swing after they crawled under the seat, including a 10-month-old baby. who died of suffocation, and a 10-month-old baby who suffered bruises to his neck before being rescued by a caretaker,” said a statement from the safety commission.

Gary Waters, CEO of 4moms, said in an emailed statement that the company was “deeply saddened by the two incidents” and remained committed “to the highest standards of quality and safety.”

Consumers with crawling babies were advised to stop using the recalled products and place them where children cannot access them. The company offers consumers a free strap holder that holds the straps when not in use to eliminate the safety issue, the company and the product safety commission said.

“We take consumer feedback very seriously and work closely with our product development and engineering teams to continually improve our line of baby products to meet the needs of our parents and their families,” said Amie. Stanton Law, a spokesperson for 4moms, in an email. .

Two million MamaRoo swings and 220,000 RockaRoo rockers have been sold in the United States, with an additional 60,000 MamaRoo swings and 10,000 RockaRoo rockers sold in Canada. The MamaRoo is a swing with different motions, speeds and sounds, the safety commission said, while the RockaRoo is a seesaw with a front-to-back sliding motion.

The recall includes MamaRoo products with three-point harnesses: versions 1.0 and 2.0 (Model 4M-005), version 3.0 (Model 1026), and version 4.0 (Model 1037). The RockaRoo recall is for model 4M-012.

Both product lines were sold at BuyBuy Baby and Target stores, as well as online at Amazon and the 4moms website, the safety commission said. The rockers sold between January 2010 and August 2022 for $160 to $250.

“We have also established relationships with third-party, independent, internationally accredited testing laboratories specifically for the purpose of regularly testing our products throughout their lifecycles,” said Ms. Stanton.

The latest MamaRoo swing (Model 1046) launched in July and is not included in the recall, he said. The harness and strap were redesigned for its release.

For more information, customers can contact 4moms at 877-870-7390 or safetyandrecall@4moms.com. The company said it would contact all known buyers directly.

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