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 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 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.
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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