Children love swings! Odds are you will never see an empty swing in a park unless it is raining, and often with a line up on a particularly beautiful day. What can a parent do to avoid line-ups for games at the park? Simply buy their own baby swing! On
the other hand, how many swing accidents do we hear about or witness? This is one of the main reasons toys must be age appropriate and safe, and why children must never be left unattended.
This being said, a recent recall and consequent ban of thousands of Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug’n Secure pink toddler swings took place in February 2017. The specific swing in question has a pink T-shaped restraint in front with a Little Tikes logo, and is suspended by four yellow ropes, causing a falling hazard.
With over 540,000 units sold in the USA, the company has received over 140 reports of the swing breaking, including 39 injuries to children such as abrasions, bruises, cuts and bumps to the head, as well as children with broken arms. Very serious consequences for simply wanting to put your child on his own personal swing!
The swing was sold at Walmart, Toys “R” Us and other stores nationwide, as well as on the company website for over 5 years before the recall was issued! Even though you may not have one at home now, it started selling in 2009, so odds are your child probably used one at one point. In fact, there are hundreds of these swings sold at second hand markets and passed on from sibling to sibling over the years.
What you should do if you have one at home: Stop using the Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug’n Secure swing if it has the model number 615573 molded on the back of the seat. Despite you thinking it is safe because an accident has not yet occurred, it is not safe, and the company should be contacted immediately for a refund or credit.