After a 10-month-old baby dies, more than 2 million baby swings and rockers are being recalled – Thorley Industries and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Monday the recall of over 2 million MamaRoo swings and RockaRoo rockers after the strangling death of a 10-month-old infant and a near-fatal incident involving another kid.
The recall includes 2 million MamaRoo swings and 220,000 RockaRoo rockers offered by Thorley’s 4moms label at BuyBuy Baby, Target, and 4moms.com, as well as Amazon.com. According to the CPSC’s notification, the swings and rockers were sold from January 2010 through August 2022 for between $160 and $250. In Canada, an additional 60,000 MamaRoo swings and 10,000 RockaRoo rockers were sold, according to the agency and Pennsylvania-based manufacturer.
4moms has received two complaints of newborns crawling underneath an empty MamaRoo baby swing and being trapped in the strap under the seat. They said that one 10-month-old infant died of asphyxiation and another 10-month-old infant sustained neck injuries before being rescued by a caregiver.
The baby died in December 2020, according to the company’s response to Consumer Reports. CPSC’s incident report indicates that the previous injury happened in 2018.
A parent recalls their kid crawling through the area between the swing’s base and seat and being caught in the product’s strap in the report. “The strap became so entangled around his neck that I had to cut it to free him. He sustained wounds and ruptured blood vessels all over his neck “The parent drafted the letter. “Very frightening and hazardous for anybody who has this device and is unaware that the straps beneath may do this,” the individual said.
Gary Waters, CEO of 4moms, wrote in an email, “We are profoundly disturbed by the two occurrences that happened when infants slid beneath the seat of unoccupied MamaRoo swings.” “The free strap fastening kit that we’ve created is an easy-to-install solution that we feel will avoid future instances,” he said.
Thorley Industries is recalling over 2 million child rockers and swings due to a potential suffocation hazard. The above-pictured MamaRoo Model 1037 and RockaRoo Model 4M-012 are among the recalled goods. Versions 1.0 and 2.0 (model number 4M-005), version 3.0 (model number 1026), and version 4.0 of the MamaRoo with a three-point harness are included in this recall (model number 1037). On the underside of the recalled RockaRoo rocker, the model number 4M-012 may be seen.
Families with crawling newborns should cease using the recalled swings and rockers and relocate them out of reach. Registering for a free strap fastening will prevent the straps from stretching beneath the swing while not in use.
Oriene Shin, policy counsel for product safety at Consumer Reports, noted in a Tuesday email release, “While we applaud the recall, these events are a sobering reminder of what can occur when a common danger, like as a loose strap, goes ignored until it’s too late.” “Parents rely on corporations to foresee dangers and build items that safeguard their infant from a broad variety of circumstances, even some that may not be highly probable.”
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, contact Thorley Industries toll-free at (877) 870-7390; email [email protected]; or visit to https://www.4moms.com.
Rocker warning for safety
Two months prior to Monday’s recall, the CPSC advised Americans against using newborn rockers for sleep, noting at least 14 fatalities tied to Fisher-Price and Kids2 devices.
Due to the danger of asphyxia, parents and caregivers should never use inclined items — including rockers, gliders, soothers, and swings — for newborn sleep and should never leave infants alone or with bedding material in these products, according to the government and firms. In May, President Biden signed the Safe Sleep for Babies Act into law, which prohibits the production or sale of cushioned bumper pads other inclined sleep items related to hundreds of infant fatalities.
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