The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of 4moms RockaRoo baby rockers sold between January 2010 and August 2022. When not in use, the RockaRoo’s restraint straps pose entanglement and strangling hazards. 4moms now offers a free strap fastener to remedy the issue.
What Is the 4moms RockaRoo?
The 4moms RockaRoo is an automatic baby rocker that glides front to back. The product has five speeds that range from “relaxing” to “entertaining.”
The device is powered via an AC adaptor. It also features an aux cord plug-in and speakers for connecting any MP3 device to play music and sounds.
4moms also sells the MamaRoo, an infant seat that bounces up and down and sways side to side. It features a variety of motions and speeds, Bluetooth functionality and Wifi integration with Alexa.
4moms RockaRoo Recall
The RockaRoo model 4M-012 is the subject of a voluntary manufacturer recall. The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the announcement on August 15, 2022 through recall number 22-200.
The recall covers both the U.S. and Canada. In the U.S. 220,000 RockaRoo rockers were recalled and 10,000 were recalled in Canada.
From January 2010 to August 2022, the recalled product was sold at BuyBuyBaby, Target, Amazon and directly from 4moms.com.
Risks of the 4moms RockaRoo
The 4 moms RockaRoo was recalled because of a strangulation risk from the restraining strap extending under the swing. The recall follows reports of infants crawling under unoccupied MamaRoos, which have a strap similar to the RockaRoo’s, and becoming entangled; one child’s injuries were fatal.
According to the CPSC, “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.”
According to 4moms, the RockaRoo is designed for use “from birth until the child reaches the maximum weight limit of 20 pounds or can sit up unassisted or attempts to climb out, whichever comes first. Maximum weight: 20 lbs.”
The RockaRoo is not intended, designed, or marketed as an infant sleeper or for unsupervised use. If your baby falls asleep, move them as soon as possible to a firm, flat sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet.
Infant sleepers like the Fisher-Price Rock n’ Play can also be dangerous products and have been connected to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). They can pose a danger of suffocation because of the incline, which increases the risk that a baby’s head will fall into a dangerous position that the baby will be unable to correct. These positions can cause the head to tilt and constrict the windpipe or cause the infant’s face to become pressed against the padded fabric, blocking airflow.
In January 2023, Fisher-Price reported at least 100 deaths linked to the Rock n’ Play. The products was originally recalled in April 2019 because of 30 infant deaths. Since then, 70 more have been reported. At least eight of these occurred after the 2019 recall announcement.
Does 4moms RockaRoo Affect You?
If you have the 4moms RockaRoo model 4M-012 (the model number is located on the bottom of the unit) and an infant who can crawl, you should immediately stop using the recalled RockaRoo. Place the product in an area crawling infants cannot access.
Contact 4moms immediately to register for a free strap fastener that will prevent the straps from extending under the swing when not in use. 4moms indicates the strap fastener upgrade is an easy-to-install solution to the risk of the strap extending under the swing.
For new products, 4moms has updated its product with a strap fastener upgrade contained in the box with the product. If you’re unsure whether you have a strap fastener, contact 4moms for more information.
Learn more about child safety and babyproofing to make your home safer for your baby.
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- Consumer Products Safety Commission. (2023, January 9). Fisher-Price Reannounces Recall of 4.7 Million Rock ‘n Play Sleepers; At Least Eight Deaths Occurred After Recall. Retrieved from https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2023/Fisher-Price-Reannounces-Recall-of-4-7-Million-Rock-n-Play-Sleepers-At-Least-Eight-Deaths-Occurred-After-Recall
- 4 moms. (2022, August). MamaRoo Swing & Rocker RockaRoo Rocker Voluntary Recall. Retrieved from https://www.4moms.com/pages/safety-and-recall
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