What: Canvas Baby Hammock Swings
Why: The canvas baby hammock swings were marketed for infant sleep and have an incline angle greater than 10 degrees, making it in violation of the Safe Sleep for Babies Act.
When: June 29, 2023
Where: The recall applies to the CaTeam canvas baby hammock swings sold in the United States.
How can I identify the recalled product: The recalled swings are made of wood and cloth with adjustable height settings and come in a variety of colors. Customers can find the “CaTeam” printed on a label stitched on the hammock swings.
On June 29, 2023, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CaTeam issued a recall for its Canvas Baby Hammock Swings due to suffocation and safety hazards. CaTeam is a baby product company located in Oak Harbor, Washington that specializes in baby swings and various other play items. According to the notice posted by the CPSC, the CaTeam inclined sleeper violates the Safe Sleep for Babies Act.
Effective November 12, 2022, the Safe Sleep for Babies Act states that "regardless of the date of manufacture, ‘inclined sleepers for infants’ and ‘crib bumpers,’ are considered banned hazardous products under section 8 of the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2057)." This law makes it unlawful to sell, offer for sale, manufacture for sale, distribute in commerce, or import any of the previously mentioned products into the United States.
According to the ban, if an "inclined sleeper for infants" is a product designed with an inclined sleeping surface that is greater than 10 degrees and is marketed, or designed to provide sleeping accommodations for an infant up to 1 year old, then it is in violation of the Act. The reason stems from infant fatalities that have occurred in inclined sleepers. In these products, infants have been known to roll from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained or under other circumstances. Since the swing has an incline angle greater than 10 degrees, when the infants roll over, it can result in the infant's death.
The recall specifically includes the CaTeam infant hammock swings that are made of wood and cloth with adjustable height settings. The infant swings were sold in the colors ivory, taupe gray, gray, dark gray, blue, ochre, green, and pink and have the "CaTeam" logo printed on a label stitched on the hammock swings. For more information regarding the specifics of the canvas baby hammock swing recall, customers can head to the CaTeam website and click on the "Recall" tab located at the top of the page.
What Remedy Is CaTeam Offering Its Customers?
According to their website, CaTeam is offering customers who ordered the canvas baby hammock swing a refund. However, in order to recover the refund, customers are required to show proof that they have properly destroyed the swing. CaTeam specifically requests that customers must cut the canvas swing in half to properly destroy the product–then, once they have cut the canvas swing in half, they must send a photo of the destruction to their online support via email at email@example.com and dispose of it in the garbage.
CaTeam also requests that customers should state in the email that the recalled swing has been removed from use and include their order number in order to receive the refund. For those wondering if their CaTeam canvas baby hammock swing has been recalled, depending on where you purchased the product, either the CaTeam or Amazon will be reaching out to the known customers who purchased the product from November 2022 through January 2023.
In the meantime, if you have a CaTeam canvas baby hammock swing and are unsure if it is part of the recalled group, customers can contact CaTeam at 206-607-8266 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you or a loved one has purchased one of the recalled canvas baby hammock swings and your infant or child has lost their life, we may be able to help you get the justice you and your loved ones deserve. For more information about this recall, or your case, contact a Morgan & Morgan attorney today.