Reports of two children becoming dangerously entangled in restraint straps prompted a massive recall of 4moms infant swings and rockers. The company recalled over 2 million products after one baby died of asphyxiation and another suffered bruising to his neck before being rescued. Both entanglement incidents occurred when babies crawled under the seats of unoccupied MamaRoo infant swings.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), families with infants who can crawl should immediately stop using the recalled baby swings and rockers and place them somewhere that crawling infants cannot access. Consumers can contact 4moms to receive a free fastener to prevent the straps from extending under the swing when not in use.
RockaRoo and MamaRoo Recall Details
On August 15, 2022, 4moms recalled about 2 million MamaRoo Baby Swings (versions 1.0 through 4.0) due to entanglement and strangulation hazards. Around 220,000 RockaRoo Baby Rockers were also recalled, although no incidents regarding the rocker had been reported. The infant rockers and swings were sold between January 2010 and August 2022 at BuyBuy Baby and Target stores nationwide, as well as online at 4moms.com and Amazon. The recall only affects MamaRoo swings with a 3-point harness, not the 5-point harness models.
Other Baby Rocker Recalls
The last few years have seen a number of baby product recalls relating to infant swings, rockers, bouncers, loungers, and inclined sleepers, including the following listed on the CPSC website:
- 2021 — Fisher-Price recalled around 120,000 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers after four infants died. The company also recalled 55,000 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders, although no reported fatalities were related to that product.
- 2020 — Summer Infant recalled about 46,300 SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleeper inclined sleepers due to a potential suffocation hazard. While no injuries were reported, the product was recalled after infant fatalities were reported with other manufacturers’ inclined sleepers.
- 2019 — Kids II recalled all rocking sleepers after five infant deaths were reported. The recall included over 35 rocking sleeper models and approximately 694,000 units.
- 2019 — Fisher-Price recalled all models of Rock ‘n Play Sleepers — amounting to around 4.7 million products — due to reports of over 30 infant fatalities.
Baby Rocker Lawsuits
When defective products hurt people, products liability lawyers help hold manufacturers responsible. Attorneys across the country are now accepting the cases of clients whose children were injured or killed by unsafe baby rockers. ABC News reports that a class action suit has already been filed in the case of the recalled Rock N’ Play Sleepers, claiming that Fisher-Price dangerously and falsely marketed the product as safe for infants to sleep in.
If your child was injured in a Fisher-Price sleeper, a MamaRoo baby swing, or another baby rocker, you may qualify for financial compensation. An experienced defective baby products lawyer can help you seek justice for your family. At Altman & Altman LLP, we believe that companies should be held accountable for selling dangerous products. Contact us today for a free consultation on your baby rocker injury case.