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Product Hazards – Swings

 

 

According to the CPSC Nursery Report, in 2016 there were an estimated 2,800 emergency room treated injuries that were related to portable baby swings. Between 2012-2014 there were a total of five infant deaths that resulted from either a strangulation or a fall from a portable baby swing.

Strangulation

Strangulation can occur if:

  • Child slips into leg openings
  • Child becomes entangled in the harness straps

In 2012, Dream on Me recalled infant swing due to strangulation hazard. If not buckled in, a child could slip through the opening of the seat getting trapped between the seat and the bar, which posed a strangulation hazard. There were no incidents and injuries reported.

Falls

Falls can occur if:

  • Handles break during use
  • Infants push themselves up and over the back of the seat
  • Straps become unfastened or separate from buckles
  • Handles on seat unlock unexpectedly
  • Latch on carrying handle unexpectedly releases and causes the seat to flip forward
  • Screws loosen, causing the seat to fall
  • Restraint shield appears to be locked when it is not

In 2017, Little Tikes recalled their toddler swings due to a fall hazard. There were 140 incidents reported of the plastic breaking. Including, 39 reported injuries.

Recall Reasons

A recall or a corrective action is issued for a swing for various reasons including:

  • Entrapment hazard between frame and seat
  • Ineffective restraint mechanisms
  • Buckles on swings can break
  • Shoulder restraint straps can pull out of the back of the seat, causing children to fall


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