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One Million Baby Slings Recalled After Suffocation Deaths

Posted by Jane Akre
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 10:18 PM EST
Category: Protecting Your Family
Tags: CPSC, Baby Slings, Child Safety,

One million baby slings are recalled by the CPSC and the manufacturer after suffocation deaths.

Baby Sling Recalls

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IMAGE SOURCE: CPSC Web site of recalled baby slings

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling one million infant carriers after the agency received reports of three infant deaths.

Parents are warned not to use or attempt to fix the Infantino LLC baby sling on their own.

The Sling Rider and Wendy Bellssimo models are suspected of posing a suffocation risk and should not be used on infants four months or younger, reports CBS News.

IB News reported earlier this month that the agency had received reports of at least 14 deaths linked to the carriers over the last 20 years.

The most recent deaths involve a three-month-old from Cincinnati; a six-day-old from Salem, Oregon; and a seven-week-old from Philadelphia.

Soft Structure

The problem with the carriers may be their soft fabric and lack of structure. A child’s head naturally moves downward toward his chest inside the sack-like bag which may be responsible for interrupting his air supply.

Infants four months or younger, who lack neck strength, are at greatest risk.

Consumer Reports identified at least two children who suffocated in Infantino slings and lists slings among the five products you should not buy for your baby.

Infants up to 20 pounds can be carried in the soft carriers, but there are no federal safety standards for infant slings, reports CBS.

A Replacement Product

The carriers were sold in the U.S. and Canada beginning in January 2003 through this month. Infantino LLC slings were marketed at Wal-Mart, Burlington Coat Factory, Amazon.com, Babies R Us, and Target, among other stores.

The Wendy Bellissimo branded sling carriers were sold exclusively at Babies R Us, reports Consumer Affairs.

Consumers should stop using the recalled slings immediately and destroy them. Many children's products that have been recalled continue in circulation when they are sold at consignment stores or garage sales.

Contact Infantino to receive a free replacement product that might include a shopping cart carrier, an activity gym, or a different type of infant carrier.

Call toll free (866) 860-1361 or visit www.infantino.com. #


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