Urgent recall of popular baby products after child's tragic death

Product Safety Australia has issued an urgent recall of several baby rocker models after a 10-month-old child died and another was injured overseas.

Australians are being urged to check the model number of MamaRoo and rockaRoo infant swings and rockers sold nationally between 14 May 2018 and 28 September 2022 following the incidents.

More than two million of the popular rockers have already been recalled in the United States and Canada, with the models identified to be 4moms mamaRoo Multi-motion Baby Swing 4.0 and rockaRoo Baby Rocker.

MamaRoo and rockaRoo infant swings and rockers and model numbers in recall order
Australia has issued an urgent recall order for MamaRoo and rockaRoo infant swings and rockers after a 10-month-old died from asphyxiation overseas. Source: 4Moms

The exact mamaRoo Models are: 4M-005, 1026 and 1037, while the rockaRoo Model is 4M-012. Consumers can find the model number on the product's base.

"When not in use, and an infant is not secured in the swing or rocker, the restraint straps may dangle below the seat," the group said in a statement. "This may lead to children becoming tangled in the strap."

"If a child becomes tangled in the strap, they may be strangled," Product Safety Australia said. "The defect led to the fatality of a child overseas."

Series of recalls

Australia is the latest country to issue a recall order for the products, which were recalled in the US earlier this year. Neighbouring New Zealand issued a recall for the products in late September.

4moms, in a press release in August, urged "consumers with infants who can crawl" to immediately stop the use of the swings and rockers, and mitigated the matter by offering a free strap fastener to prevent the straps from extending under the swing when it is not in use.

Australian consumers are being asked to register their details with The Amazing Baby Company to receive the free strap fastener and "put the product away where it cannot be accessed by children until the strap fastener has been fitted."

4moms Australia clarified: "Please note that no safety incident has occurred outside of America, including Australia, however The Amazing Baby Company has worked with the ACCC to establish the best remedy and outcome for Australian consumers."

"We would also like to note that the product meets all required safety certification and there is no risk to the occupant of the product," the company said.

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