4moms announced today a recall of more than 2 million of its popular MamaRoo baby swings and RockaRoo rockers due to entanglement and strangulation hazards. Here’s what parents need to know about the 4moms recall.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the restraint straps can dangle below the MamaRoo or RockaRoo when they aren’t in use. Crawling babies who aren’t using the swing can become tangled in these straps, posing a risk of strangulation. (source)
What caused the 4moms recall?
There have been two reports of entanglement incidents involving babies who crawled underneath an unoccupied swing and got caught in the straps. These incidents led to one death and one case of bruising to the neck.
There have been no reports of incidents involving the RockaRoo.
The potential hazard can occur when the seat is not in use and its straps are fully extended, according to a spokesperson for 4moms.
Parents can receive a free strap fastener
Fortunately, there is a simple way to remedy the hazard and continue using your swing or rocker. If you own an affected MamaRoo or RockaRoo, you can order a free strap fastener that attaches to the back of the seat and prevents straps from dangling below.
Even if your little one isn’t crawling, 4moms recommends ordering the strap fastener to provide the safest version of the seats. And the CPSC suggests moving your MamaRoo or RockaRoo to an area where crawling infants cannot access it until the new strap fastener arrives.
The new MamaRoo (model 1046 launched July 2022) is not included in this recall because it features a re-designed harness and strap configuration. If you own this model, you do not need to order a free strap fastener.
The affected MamaRoo model numbers are
and the affected RockaRoo model number is 4M-012.
You can find the model number on the bottom of the unit for either product. According to the CPSC, the swings and rockers were sold at
- Buy Buy Baby
from January 2010 through August 2022 for $160 to $250.
Health Canada recalled 60,000 MamaRoo swings and 10,000 RockaRoo rockers sold in Canada.
You can contact 4moms by phone at 877-870-7390 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday) or by email at [email protected]. You can also find more information about the 4moms recall on their website.
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