Recall Alert: Millions of Infant Rockers and Swings Recalled
One of the saddest things that we cover is the continued recalls and tragedies as a result of infant sleep rockers. Today, we’re talking about another potential of danger related to these rockers and swings. This time, we’re talking about the recall of more than two million MamaRoo and RockaRoo infant swings and rockers from 4moms.
Why is 4moms Recalling Millions of Infant Rockers and Swings?
Today’s recall concerns versions 1.0 through 4.0 of the 4moms MamaRoo Baby Swing, as well as RockaRoo Baby Rockers. In a nutshell, these supposedly infant-safe devices have the potential to cause a serious strangulation issue.
When the swing or rocker is not in use, their restraint straps can dangle below the seat and non-occupant crawling infants can become trapped. In turn, this can lead to a potential strangulation issue. To date, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and 4moms have issued a voluntary recall. The incidents to date include a 10-month-old infant who died from asphyxiation and another 10-month infant who suffered bruising to his neck and was rescued by a caregiver.
The Dangers of Sleepers
When it comes to the millions of infant rockers and swings being recalled, this concern is being taken seriously by the company and safety experts. In the past, this blog has gone into great detail about the importance of safe sleep for infants. Beyond that, this is far from our first brush with a recalled infant rocker.
Last year, the President signed the Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2021. The Act specifies that certain sleep products be banned. In particular, two categories were linked to nearly 200 infant deaths. The Act stops the manufacturing and sale of certain inclined infant sleepers and crib bumpers. These products are marketed with a safety precaution for parents, but, as we see here, they can still easily lead to tragedy.
The Issue with These Recalled Rockers and Swings
The MamaRoo is a baby swing that offers multiple motions and speeds. Buttons on the base control the motion, speed and sound. The model number is located on the bottom of the unit. This recall includes only MamaRoo models that 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 MamaRoo model that uses a 5-point harness is not included in this recall.
The RockaRoo is a baby rocker with front to back gliding motion. The base has an analog knob and power button to control the range of motion of the rocker. The model number 4M-012 is located on the bottom of the unit.
These swings and rockers were sold at BuyBuy Baby and Target stores nationwide, and online at 4moms.com and Amazon, from January 2010 through August 2022 for between anywhere $160 and $250.
Official Recall Details
Here are the details from the official CPSC recall page:
Name of Product:
4moms MamaRoo Baby Swing, versions 1.0 through 4.0 and RockaRoo Baby Rockers
When the swing or rocker is not in use, their restraint straps can dangle below the seat and non-occupant crawling infants can become entangled in the straps, posing a strangulation hazard.
August 15, 2022
Two million MamaRoo swings and 220,000 RockaRoo rockers. In addition, 60,000 MamaRoo and 10,000 RockaRoo were sold in Canada. To learn more about the dangers of these baby sleep products, read our full article about the dangers of Infant Inclined Sleepers.