Infant swings from HONEY JOY COMPANY, based in Fontana, Calif., have been recalled due to having a dangerous incline and suffocation hazards, per the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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“The swing violates the Safe Sleep for Babies Act because the product was marketed for infant sleep and has an incline angle greater than 10 degrees,” said the Thursday recall notice.
According to the CPSC, infant fatalities have been linked to inclined sleepers and infants have been injured while rolling from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained. One example is the 2020 death of a 10-month-old baby who was “entrapped between the base and frame,” of a MamaRoo brand swing seat purchased in 2016, CBS News reported.
“My son crawled through this space and got straggled and the strap got so tightly twisted around his neck I had to cut the strap to loosen him. He suffered marks and popped blood vessels all the way around his neck (as anyone would get if they hung themselves),” said an incident report.
As for the 170 recalled HONEY JOY COMPANY swings, no injuries have been reported. However, the CPSC said the design also violated the Safety Standard for Infant Swings in addition to the Safe Sleep for Babies Act.
These HONEY JOY swings were sold online exclusively at Amazon from November 2022 through January 2023 and cost between $110 and $120.
“The recall involves HONEY JOY COMPANY infant swings, models BB5569US-GR in gray and BB5569US-BE in beige, made of metal and plastic with a cloth seat,” said the commission. “The swings measure about 28 inches wide by 28 inches high and 24 inches wide,” and have “Babyjoy” is displayed on the front of the swings.
They are powered by AAA batteries or AC adaptor and include a head pillow as well as a five-point restraint system, canopy with hanging toys, a music function and an adjustable seat. Full model numbers can be found on the packaging.
“The instructional literature identifies model BB5569 and the product registration card which consumers may have saved for their records identifies model BB5569US,” the CPSC added.
It said consumers who purchased the HONEY JOY swing should immediately stop using product. Thy should also contact HONEY JOY for instructions on how to receive a full refund and properly dispose of the swings.
“HONEY JOY and Amazon are contacting all known purchasers,” said the CPSC.