The US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on Monday that millions of baby swings and Rockers have been recalled because they might cause newborns to suffocate or sustain severe injuries. According to the CPSC, 4moms, a company that makes goods for young children, has recalled its RockaRoo Baby and MamaRoo Baby Swing in versions 1.0 through 4.0. The CPSC warned that while the swing or is not in use, its restraining straps may drop below the seat and crawling infants might become entangled in them, creating a risk of strangling.
According to the CPSC, the recall includes 220,000 RockaRoo Rockers and 2 million MamaRoo swings. Additionally, the CPSC reported that 10,000 RockaRoo and 60,000 MamaRoo swings were marketed in Canada. According to a statement from the CPSC and 4moms, “4moms has received two reports of entanglement incidents involving infants who became caught in the strap under the unoccupied MamaRoo infant swing after they crawled under the seat, including a 10-month-old infant who died from asphyxiation, and a 10-month-old infant who suffered bruising to his neck before being rescued by a caregiver. There have been no recorded incidents involving the RockaRoo.
A number of recent recalls have concerned baby swings and Rockers. Five newborn fatalities have been associated with the Kids II Rocking Sleepers, while more than 30 infant deaths over a ten-year period have been associated with Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleepers. For selling such items in TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods shops from March 2014 through October 2019 after they had been taken off the market, TJX agreed to pay a $13 million fine earlier this month.