The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in consultation with Fisher-Price, announced on April 14 the voluntary recall of three models of the Fisher-Price infant cradle swings.
The recall was prompted by two incidents of the loosening of a peg under the seat that can cause the seat to fall, posing a risk of injury to the infant. There were no injuries reported.
About 34,000 units of the cradle swings will be affected, with approximately 4,300 products already sold to consumers in the U.S. from November 2015 to March 2016, according to the Fisher-Price web site. The recall includes the following models:
- CHM84 Soothing Savana 'n Swing
- CMR40 Sweet Surroundings Cradle 'n Swing
- CMR43 Sweet Surroundings Butterfly Friends Cradle 'n Swing
The cradle swings can rock from side to side and swing from head to toe with six different swing speeds ranging from low to high. The model number is located on the seat under the pad.
Initial investigations found no defective parts, but consumers are advised to follow the instructions carefully. If unsure, they should stop using the product, call the company for clearer assembly instructions or bring the item to the nearest Fisher-Price outlet.
The products are being sold online at Amazon and other web sites as well as at Target, buybuyBaby and other stores at $170.
Many observers are happy at how Fisher-Price handled the issue.
"In this case, reports were made swiftly and no children were injured. It's also very reassuring when a company responds quickly to complaints and rectifies any problems immediately," says Maria Guido, senior news editor for Scary Mommy.