When new parents buy products for their infant children, they rightfully expect the products to have been tested and determined to be safe for their child to use. Unfortunately, sometimes a manufacturer fails in their duty. Case in point: Due to a possible risk of the baby falling, Fisher-Price has decided to issue a voluntary recall on more than 34,000 of their infant cradle swings. According to the recall notice, it’s possible that the seat peg may not be secure, causing the seat to fall over unexpectedly, creating a risk of injury to the child.
In all, three models of infant swings are subject to this recall, including the CHM84 Soothing Savanna Cradle ‘n Swing, the CMR40 Sweet Surroundings Cradle ‘n Swing and the CMR43 Sweet Surroundings Butterfly Friends Cradle ‘n Swing. The product number for each one can be found on the seat under the pad. These models of infant swings feature two different swinging motions. They can rock side-to-side or they can swing head-to-toe. In addition, there are six different swing speeds, ranging from low to high. During testing, they discovered that, on some models, the seat peg may not fully engage, which means that it’s possible for the seat to fall while it’s in motion.
To date, Mattel, Inc., the parent company of Fisher-Price said they have received two reports of incidents in which a seat peg came loose, causing the seat to fall, although there have been no injuries reported. The company says they issued the recall out of an abundance of caution. The infant swings involved in this recall were sold nationwide between November 2015 and March 2016 in a number of big box stores like Target and buybuyBaby, as well as online through Amazon and other websites.
Consumers who have one of these swings are being asked to stop using it and to contact Fisher-Price at 800-432-5437 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, to receive revised assembly instructions. They can also go to the Mattel website and click on the Recalls & Safety Alerts tab for more information.
Manufacturers of children’s products have a responsibility to make their products as safe as possible and to provide consumers with the proper instructions for products that require consumer assembly. When they fail to do so and your child is injured, they can and should be held liable for the defects. If you have one of these infant swings, follow the instructions on the recall and repair it as soon as possible. If your child is injured due to this or any other child product defect, contact the Defective Product Injury Lawyer atthe Hill Law Firm as soon as possible, so that we can help you protect your rights.