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Baby swing recalled after a baby got tangled in its straps and died

When the swing or rocker isn’t being used, the straps from the chair dangle below, creating a strangulation hazard for crawling infants.
/ Source: TODAY

After one baby died and another seriously injured his neck, manufacturer 4moms is recalling more than two million MamaRoo baby swings and 220,000 RockaRoo rockers.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission released a statement on Monday explaining that when the swing or rocker isn't being used, the straps from the chair dangle below, creating a strangulation hazard to crawling infants.

"When the swing or rocker is not in use, their restraint straps can hang below the seat and non-occupant crawling infants can become entangled in the straps, posing entanglement and strangulation hazards," the statement said.

Officials said there had been two reports of infants that got caught in the strap under the MamaRoo infant swing after they crawled under the seat. One of the children, a 10-month-old, died from asphyxiation. The other, also a 10-month-old, was rescued by a caregiver, officials said.

As a result, the CPSC says 4moms MamaRoo Baby Swing, versions 1.0 through 4.0 and RockaRoo Baby Rockers are being recalled, though no incidents involving the RockaRoo have been reported.

Any MamaRoo models that use a three-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) — are being recalled. The newest model (model number 1046, which launched in July) that uses a five-point harness is not included.

The swings and rockers were sold at BuyBuy Baby and Target stores nationwide and online on and Amazon from January 2010 through August 2022 for between $160 and $250.

Anyone who has the swings or rockers should stop using them immediately and move them away from anywhere crawling infants can access. Parents can contact 4moms to register for a free strap fastener that will prevent the straps from dangling under the swing when it's not in use.

In a statement, 4moms CEO Gary Waters said the company was "deeply saddened by the two incidents."

"After investigating the circumstances behind these two reported incidents, 4moms decided to conduct a voluntary recall in partnership with the CPSC," Waters said in a written statement on Tuesday. He encouraged parents to get the free strap fastener to correct the issue.

"The free strap fastener kit we have designed is an easy-to-install solution that we believe will prevent any other incidents from happening when a MamaRoo or RockaRoo is not in use and an infant crawls under the seat," he said. "We strongly urge our consumers, retailers, and re-seller partners to implement the strap fastener solution to ensure the complete safety of our products."

EDITOR'S NOTE (Aug. 16, 2022 at 5:45 p.m. ET): This story has been updated to include a statement from 4moms CEO Gary Waters.