If you're a parent with an infant right now, this is going to be critical information: Fisher-Price has issued a recall for one of its highly popular infant seats - and there's a pretty serious reason for the recall.
The "Soothing Motion Seats" line - all five models and all color schemes - has been recalled by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after they received three dozen reports from concerned parents about the seats becoming dangerously hot during use.
These electronic seats have a high-powered motor which lets the seat vibrate, bounce, sway, and play music. You can see how it would be a boon for tired parents, but these models have an unfortunate defect that makes them way too hot - one even caught fire! Thankfully, there weren't any injuries and the company has taken full responsibility and is working to rectify the issue.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time Fisher-Price has had to issue a recall in recent history. Just last year, they had to recall models of the "Cradle n' Swing" line due to an issue with faulty instructions in the assembly manual that could have led to failing seats.
What to do if you own a recalled product
If you think you own one of the recalled products, here's what you need to do:
- Check the model number on the underside of the seat very carefully. The affected models are CMR35, CMR36, CMR37, DYH22, and CMR39.
- If you do in fact own one of the recalled seats, stop using it immediately and claim your refund from Fisher-Price by calling 800-432-5437, or by going to this website.
- Be sure to also follow up by filing a report with the CPSC here.
H/T: ABC 2 News - WMAR