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More than 2 million baby swings and rockers are recalled after an infant's death

4moms is recalling more than 2 million MamaRoo and RockaRoo swings and rockers over entanglement and strangulation hazards posed by the straps that hang down.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
4moms is recalling more than 2 million MamaRoo and RockaRoo swings and rockers over entanglement and strangulation hazards posed by the straps that hang down.

Updated August 16, 2022 at 11:48 AM ET

4moms is recalling more than 2 million of its MamaRoo and RockaRoo infant swings and rockers because of entanglement and strangulation hazards, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced.

There have been two reports of children becoming entangled in the restraint straps of the MamaRoo swing, which hang below the seat of the swing when it's not in use.

In one case, a 10-month-old died from asphyxiation. The other case also involved a 10-month-old who had bruising along his neck.

"We are deeply saddened by the two incidents that occurred when babies crawled under the seat of unoccupied MamaRoo swings," 4moms CEO Gary Waters said in a statement emailed to NPR. "After investigating the circumstances behind these two reported incidents, 4moms decided to conduct a voluntary recall in partnership with the CPSC."

There have not been any reported incidents with the RockaRoo, according to 4moms.

"Consumers with infants who can crawl should immediately stop using the recalled swings and rockers, place them in an area where crawling infants cannot access and register your product immediately to receive a free strap fastener that will prevent the straps from extending under the swing when not in use," 4moms said in a statement.

The recall covers MamaRoo swings versions 1.0 to 4.0 and all RockaRoo rockers sold between January 2010 and August 2022. Both products were sold at BuyBuy Baby and Target stores, as well as online through Amazon and the 4moms website. A smaller number of these products were also sold in Canada.

The products do not need to be disposed of. 4moms has created a strap fastener that secures the straps when the swings and rockers are not in use.

The straps are free, you just need to email safetyandrecall@4moms.com, call the recall hotline at 877-870-7390, or order a strap onlinethrough the website.

4moms said it would also be reaching out to known consumers to let them know about the recall.

"We will continue to hold ourselves to the highest quality and safety standards so that parents feel safe, secure, and confident in their decision to have 4moms support their family," Watersthe company CEO, said.

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Wynne Davis is a digital reporter and producer for NPR's All Things Considered.

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