U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Toymaker Fisher-Price is recalling 63,000 infant motion seats because they are fire hazards, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The issue stems from the motor having the potential to overheat, which could cause fires.
If you purchased a Soothing Motions seat, the CPSC warns that you should stop using it immediately and contact Fisher-Price for a full refund. The recall affects seats with the model number CMR35, CMR36, CMR37, and DYH22, as well as any Smart Connect Soothing Motions Seats with the model number CMR39. You can find the model number on the underside.
CMR37 (left) and CMR35 (right) (Photo Credit: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
CMR36 (left), DYH22 (middle), and CMR39 (right) (Photo Credit: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
The seats bounce, sway, or bounce and sway together, according to the CPSC. They also vibrate, play 10 songs and nature sounds, and have an overhead mobile. In addition to the roughly 63,000 seats being recalled in the U.S., 2,000 more are also being recalled in Canada.
These Soothing Motion Seats retailed for about $160 while the Smart Connect Soothing Motions Seats sold for about $175. They were available for purchase between November 2015 and October 2017 online on Amazon and in stores like Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, and buybuy BABY.
So far, Fisher-Price has recorded 36 incidents of the product overheating, including one report of a fire within the motor housing under the seat. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported.
On their website, Fisher-Price has a step-by-step guide to determining whether you have been affected by the recall. If you purchased one of the Motions Seats in question, check out Fisher-Price's instructions for how to send your seat back as well as the prepaid packing slip. Once they have the three parts they need — the seat's cut power cord, AC adaptor, and seat pad — they will issue a $160 refund. If you purchased the seat in Canada, you will receive $210 CAD.
Unfortunately, this is not the first recall Fisher-Price has had to issue. In April 2016, they recalled around 34,000 cradle swings due to a fall hazard. At that time, no injuries had been reported.
On a lighter note, Prince George's favorite toy is probably something your kids love too.