Another Infant Swing Recall Despite Infant Sleep Regulations

by | Jun 6, 2024 | Child Injuries, Children's Product Liability, Defective Children's Product, Defective Toys, Product Liability, Product Recall

In a troubling yet familiar development, another infant swing recall has been announced, raising fresh concerns about the safety of baby products designed for sleep. Despite stringent regulations aimed at protecting infants, these recalls underscore ongoing issues within the industry. The latest recall involves Jool Baby’s Nova Baby infant swings, highlighting potential suffocation risks that have once again brought the adequacy of existing regulations into question.

In the article below, the children’s product liability lawyers at Kherkher Garcia delve into the specifics of this latest recall. We will also examine the regulatory landscape, and explore why these dangerous products continue to reach the market despite robust safety guidelines.

Infant Swing Recall Information

This infant swing recall involves more than 63,000 Jool Baby’s Nova Baby infant swings, manufactured from June 2022 through September 2023. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the swings are gray and measure approximately 28 inches long, 19 inches wide, and 24 inches high. They feature a round aluminum base with music buttons on the front, a metal seat frame, a cloth seat with restraints and a headrest, and a canopy with hanging toys (a yellow moon, blue cloud, and pink star).

The swings can be powered using AAA batteries or an AC adaptor and come with an electronic remote control. “Jool Baby” appears on the swing’s base, and “NOVA” is labeled on the seat. The manufacturing date, in month-day-year format, can be found on the sewn-in warning label on the back of the swing’s seat.

The swings pose a suffocation risk as they were marketed, intended, or designed for infant sleep, with an incline angle greater than 10 degrees. This violates the CPSC’s Infant Sleep Products Regulation and the Safe Sleep for Babies Act. Additionally, the swing fails to meet the mandatory warning requirements regarding sleep under the swing standard.

Consumers should immediately stop using the swings and contact Jool Baby to receive a free repair kit, including shipping. Consumers are advised to upload a photo of the warning label to the firm’s online registration page at Once registered, Jool Baby will send a repair kit that includes a new seat with updated on-product warnings, updated plush toys, and an updated remote control.

The swings were sold at Wal-Mart stores and online at,,,,, and other websites from November 2022 through November 2023.

The Dangers of Inclined Infant Sleepers: Understanding the Ban in the US

Inclined infant sleepers are designed with a sloping surface, typically elevating a baby’s head and torso at an angle greater than 10 degrees. This design was initially marketed to help with common infant issues like gastroesophageal reflux and to promote better sleep. Many parents found these sleepers convenient and believed they were a safer alternative to placing a baby flat on their back in a crib or bassinet.

Despite their popularity, concerns about the safety of inclined sleepers began to surface as early as 2009. Pediatricians and child safety experts raised alarms about the potential risks associated with these products, specifically focusing on the increased risk of suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Research and incident reports have since highlighted several key dangers:
  • Risk of Airway Obstruction: When infants are placed on an inclined surface, their heads can easily fall forward, chin-to-chest, which can restrict their airway. Babies lack the muscle strength to correct their head position, increasing the risk of suffocation.
  • Positional Asphyxia: The inclined position can also cause babies to roll over onto their stomachs. Unlike in a flat crib, the sloped surface makes it difficult for babies to return to a safer position, which can lead to positional asphyxia.
  • Soft Bedding Hazards: Many inclined sleepers come with soft padding and cushioned sides. While these features might seem comfortable, they can pose a serious suffocation risk if the baby rolls into them.

In response to the mounting evidence of danger, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and pediatric experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), began to recommend against the use of inclined sleepers. The tipping point came with a series of tragic incidents that drew national attention. In 2019, a comprehensive investigation revealed that inclined sleepers had been linked to over 70 infant deaths.

Following these revelations, the CPSC took decisive action. In June 2021, the agency voted to ban the manufacture and sale of all inclined sleepers with an incline of greater than 10 degrees. This ban was part of a broader effort to enforce stricter safety standards for infant sleep products, ensuring they meet criteria that promote safe sleep practices.

The Safe Sleep for Babies Act

The legislative response to safety research culminated in the Safe Sleep for Babies Act, signed into law in May 2022. This act prohibits the sale of inclined sleepers and crib bumpers, aligning with the AAP’s safe sleep guidelines, which recommend that infants sleep on their backs on a firm, flat surface without any soft bedding.

The ban on inclined sleepers represents a significant victory for child safety advocates. However, it also raises awareness about broader issues related to infant sleep. It underscores the importance of adhering to evidence-based guidelines to prevent SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths.

These guidelines include:

  • Placing infants on their backs for all sleep times (naps and nighttime).
  • Using a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
  • Keeping the sleep area free of soft objects, toys, and loose bedding.
  • Sharing a room with the baby, but not the same sleeping surface.

Challenges and Moving Forward

While the ban is a critical step forward, challenges remain. Many inclined sleepers are still in circulation, either as hand-me-downs or through second-hand sales. Parents and caregivers must be educated about the dangers these products pose and encouraged to follow safe sleep practices. The CPSC and other child safety organizations continue to conduct public awareness campaigns to spread this vital information.

Additionally, innovation in the baby product industry must prioritize safety. Companies developing new sleep products should adhere to stringent safety standards and prioritize research and testing to ensure their products do not pose undue risks.

Help for Concerned Parents

The dangers of inclined infant sleepers have become tragically clear through years of research and numerous preventable deaths. The U.S. ban on these products, reinforced by the Safe Sleep for Babies Act, marks a crucial step in protecting infants and promoting safe sleep practices. Unfortunately, there are still many potentially dangerous sleepers available or currently in homes.

Parents with concerns about injuries or deaths related to an infant swing recall should consider contacting a children’s product liability lawyer to discuss their concerns. If manufacturer negligence causes harm to a child, parents may be eligible to seek legal action on behalf of their child’s injuries and losses.

At Kherkher Garcia, we provide legal guidance and support to families affected by dangerous or defective products. Our children’s product liability lawyers can answer your questions, provide support, and assist you in pursuing justice for your child. To find out more about how we can help you, contact us for a free consultation. Call 713-333-1030, or complete our website form to get started.

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This article was written and reviewed by Injury Trial Lawyer and Founding Firm Partner Jesus Garcia. Jesus has been a practicing injury lawyer for more than 20 years. He has won $150 Million+ in Settlements and Verdicts for his clients. He is a force of nature in the courtroom and the trial lawyer you want on your side if you or a loved one have been seriously injured at work or on the road. Abogado Jesus Garcia is bilingual and passionate about being the voice in the courtroom for the spanish speaking community here in Houston, across the state of Texas, and throughout the Nation.

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