14 Baby Deaths Lead to Warning About Baby Rockers, Swings, Recliners
Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2022
After 14 recent deaths, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning parents to avoid allowing their infants to sleep in inclined baby rockers, gliders, soothers, and swings. The federal agency is also telling parents to never leave babies unattended in these products due to the risk of suffocation.
OnderLaw has been advocating for parents whose children were killed or injured by baby rockers for years. We believe one death is too many, and we are devastated to learn that more parents have had to face the worst nightmare imaginable. We are dedicated to holding corporations like FisherPrice and other baby product makers accountable for failing to make safer products.
According to Stanford Children’s Health, infants sleep 16-18 hours per day. We believe parents should be able to trust their sleeping child to the safety of products made specifically for infants. President Biden reportedly agrees, and signed the Safe Sleep for Babies Act in May, which bans the manufacture of padded crib bumpers and inclined sleepers responsible for hundreds of infant deaths.
In the meantime, millions of these products are available on the market and are being used by unsuspecting parents in households across the country.
FisherPrice rockers are among the most deadly, according to the CPSC. Between 2009 and 2021, at least 13 deaths involved Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rockers and Newborn-to-Toddler Rockers. They aren’t the only manufacturer with dangerous products, however. Kids2, maker of Bright Starts and Baby Einstein Rockers, was also mentioned in the CPSC warning.
Most recently, more than 2 million baby swings and rockers have been recalled after the strangling death of a 10-month-old baby and a dangerous close call involving another infant. MamaRoo swings and RockaRoo rockers, according to an announcement by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
According to the CPSC notice, Pennsylvania-based Thorley Industries, doing business a 4moms, made and distributed 2 million MamaRoo swings and 220,000 RockaRoo rockers to consumers in the United States and Canada from January 2010 to August 2022. They were sold through BuyBuy Baby and Target stores. They were also sold online at at 4moms.com and Amazon, and cost between $160 and $250.
The manufacturer received two reports of infants crawling under unoccupied MamaRoo swing seats and entangling themselves in the strap. A 10-month old died from asphyxiation. Another 10-month-old suffered bruising to his neck and was rescued by a caregiver.
The recall involves MamaRoo swing models with three-point harnesses: versions 1.0 and 2.0, model #4M-005; version 3.0, model #1026; and version 4.0 , model #1037. The RockaRoo baby rocker being recalled is model #4M-012, found on the bottom.
Help for Parents Whose Children were Injured or Killed by Baby Rocker Accidents
If your child was killed or injured in an accident involving a reclining baby product, including infant swings, rockers, gliders, or soothers, we want to help. We change the way corporations do business by holding them accountable.
Nothing can turn back the clock on these horrible incidents, but together, we can make sure no other parents have to endure the same nightmare of losing a child, or watching their child suffer horrible injuries.