Following soon after two very serious and large baby recalls for drop-side cribs and umbrella strollers, another infant product is being recalled after two different baby deaths were reported. Minneapolis-based Amby baby company has announced the recall of 24,000 Amby baby hammocks – motion beds that were sold between January of 2003 and October of 2009 for $250. The hammock was sold through online retailers and on the Amby website. The recall has been announced jointly by Amby and by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
This summer, the Amby baby hammocks have been found responsible for the deaths of 4-month old girl in Lawrenceville, Georgia, in June and a 5-month-old boy in Gresham, Oregon, In August. There were also three other non-deadly baby hammock incidents reported. The CPSC says that the design of the baby hammocks can cause the infant to roll off of the mattress – and either onto the floor or in between the mattress and the edge of the bed, causing suffocation. The Canadian recall suggests that crib owners disassemble and dispose of the hammocks so that they are no longer useable.
The non-profit Kids In Danger suggests that parents stay away from any Hammock-like baby products which may poise similar risks.
Anyone who owns an Amby baby Hammock should stop using the baby product immediately and find safe sleeping arrangements for their baby. Owners should also contact Amby Baby USA for a free repair kit at 866-544-9721, though the company says that repair kits will not be available before January 2010.