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  • CPSC Recalls Over 2 Million Infant Swings and Rockers

    Due to a major safety hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling more than 2 million infant swings and rockers manufactured by 4moms, an infant product company based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The agency is recalling approximately 2 million MamaRoo swings and 220,000 RockaRoo rockers, in addition to 70,000 units that the company sold in Canada.

    According to the CPSC, what makes 4moms’ rockers and swings so dangerous is that when they are not in use, their restraint straps hang below the seat and non-occupant crawling infants can get stuck in them. Not only do the products cause entanglement hazards, but they cause strangulation hazards as well. So far, 4moms has received two reports involving incidents where infants became caught in the restraint straps when the rockers and swings were not in use. In one of these incidents, a 10-month-old died of asphyxiation and in the other, a 10-month-old suffered severe bruising around his neck before his caregiver was able to rescue him.

    How to Identify Recalled 4moms Products

    The MamaRoo is an infant swing that offers numerous speeds and motions. The RockaRoo, on the other hand, is a baby rocker that offers a front to back gliding motion. MamaRoos have buttons on their base that control sound, speed and motion. You can also locate the model number on the bottom of the unit. The CPSC’s recall includes only certain MamaRoo swings: the ones that have 3-point harnesses. The MamaRoo model numbers included in the recall are versions 1.0 and 2.0, with model number 4M-005, version 3.0 (model number 1026) and 4.0, which is model number 1037. MamaRoo swings that use 5-point harness systems are not included in the agency’s recall. The recalled RockaRoo rockers have an analog knob and power button to control the rocker’s range of motion and have the model number 4M-012 at the button of the unit.

    The recalled MamaRoo and RockaRoo infant products were sold at Target and BuyBuy Baby stores nationwide and online through Amazon and 4moms from January 2010 to August 2022 for $160 to $250. The CPSC recommendation for customers who own the recalled products is to immediately stop using the affected swings and rockers and to place them in an area of the home that crawling infants are not able to access. Consumers should contact 4moms right away so that they can register for a free strap fastener that will prevent the straps from extending when the swing is not in use. The company is also actively contacting all known purchasers directly.

    Infant Product Safety

    The CPSC has launched countless recalls of infant products in the last few years. Just a brief search through the last year and a half of the agency’s recall tab reveals several large-scale alerts that involve products like:

    • Infant toys
    • Infant clothing items
    • Infant walkers
    • Baby bath seats
    • Infant loungers
    • Infant gliders and soothers
    • Inclined sleeper accessories and sleep bags
    • Infant activity rattles and teethers

    As you can see, the CPSC has no shortage of recalls involving defective or unreasonably unsafe infant products. To address some of these significant hazards, the agency recently issued a ruling that ensures that all products marketed towards or intended for infant sleep provide a safe sleeping environment. The CPSC’s new ruling also makes it illegal for companies or distributors to sell any non-compliant infant sleep products. Even as the CPSC continues to develop ways to make infant products safer, manufacturers keep producing items that endanger them. The 10-month-old baby who asphyxiated after becoming entangled in the 4moms product is just one tragic example of a death that could have been prevented had the item been made more safely in the first place.

    Even though manufacturers, suppliers and sellers have a duty to produce or sell safe products, unsafe products keep injuring thousands of people every year. When a product causes an injury due to an unsafe design, a manufacturing defect, malfunction, or the failure to provide proper warnings or instructions, the victim or their family may have a products liability lawsuit on their hands. Because of how technical, time consuming and complex products liability lawsuits are, a client’s best bet is to have a credentialed and experienced attorney on their side. At Galfand Berger, our team of attorneys have been successfully litigating products liability lawsuits on behalf of injured clients for decades. If your infant sustained injuries from using a MamaRoo or RockaRoo swing or rocker or any other unsafe infant product, someone at our firm can help. To learn more, contact a representative online now.

    Philadelphia Products Liability Lawyers at Galfand Berger, LLP, Representing Injured Victims Since 1947

    If you have a question about filing a legal claim, contact the Philadelphia products liability lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP today. Call us at 800-222-USWA (8792) or fill out our online form for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading, we serve clients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including Allentown and Harrisburg.

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