Infantino has finally issued recalls to replace <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">SlingRider Baby Slings following three reported infant deaths, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) just announced. The CPSC is very strongly advising consumers: Do not attempt to fix these carriers.
The replacement program is free and involves the Infantino â€œSlingRiderâ€ and â€œWendy Bellissimoâ€ infant slings. One million of these infant slings are being recalled in the United States and 15,000 are being recalled in Canada. The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using these slings for infants younger than four months of age due to a risk of suffocation and is also advising consumers to contact Infantino for a free replacement product.
CPSC is aware of three reports of deaths that occurred in these slings in 2009; a seven-week-old infant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; a six-day-old infant in Salem, Oregon; and a three-month-old infant in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Infantino â€œSlingRider,â€ is a soft fabric baby carrier with a padded shoulder strap that is worn by parents and caregivers to carry an infant weighing up to 20 pounds. â€œInfantinoâ€ is printed on the plastic slider located on the strap. â€œInfantino,â€ â€œSlingRider,â€ and the item number are printed on the instruction/warning label inside the baby sling carrier. â€œWendy Bellissimoâ€-branded sling carriers were sold exclusively at Babies â€œRâ€ Us and have a sewn-in label on the inside of the sling strap that says, in part, “Wendy Bellissimo Media, Inc.,” and lists Item numbers 3937500H7 and 3937501H7.
Infantino LLC sold the slings in the United States and Canada from January 2003 through March 2010 at Walmart, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Babies â€œRâ€ Us, BJâ€™s Wholesale, various baby and childrenâ€™s stores, and other retailers nationwide, and on the Web at Amazon.com, for between $25 and $30.
The product was manufactured in China and Thailand.
Consumers should stop using the recalled slings immediately and contact Infantino to receive a free replacement product, with a choice of a Wrap & Tie infant carrier, or a 2-in-1 Shopping Cart Cover, or a 3-in-1 Grow & Play Activity Gym. A Jittery Pals Rattle will also be provided. Contact Infantino toll-free at (866) 860-1361 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, or visit the firmâ€™s Web site at www.infantino.com
The CPSC also wrote that on March 12, 2010, it issued a warning (viewable at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10165.html) about sling carriers for babies, which can pose two different types of suffocation hazards. In the first few months of life, babies cannot control their heads because of weak neck muscles. The slingâ€™s fabric can press against an infantâ€™s nose and mouth, blocking the babyâ€™s breathing and rapidly suffocating a baby within a minute or two. Additionally, where a sling keeps the infant in a curled position bending the chin toward the chest, the airways can be restricted, limiting the oxygen supply. The baby will not be able to cry for help and can slowly suffocate.
There currently are no safety standards for infant sling carriers and the CPSC has determined that a mandatory standard is needed for infant sling carriers. While a mandatory standard is being developed, CPSC staff is working with ASTM International and concerned companies, such as Infantino, to quickly develop an effective voluntary standard for slings.