Earlier this month, Inez Tenenbaum, head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, told MSNBC that her organization intended to formally warn parents of the dangers of carrying babies in slings. Today, the agency took that general warning a step further by recalling 1 million Infantino “SlingRider” and “Wendy Bellissimo” infant slings due to the risk of suffocation. An additional 15,000 are being recalled in Canada.
CPSC says these slings pose a suffocation hazard and should not be used to carry babies under the age of four months.
To identify whether or not your baby sling is included the the Infantino sling recall, take a look at the plastic slider located on the strap. If it is stamped “Infantino,” check the instruction/warning label inside the carrier. If “Infantino” and “SlingRider” are printed on that label, compare the model number there to the list of recalled model numbers at the Infantino Web site.
For the “Wendy Bellissimo” sling carriers, check the sewn-in label inside the carrier. If the model number is 3937500H7 or 3937501H7, your sling is included in the recall.
The recalled Infantino “Sling Rider” carriers were sold in the U.S. and Canada from January 2003 through March 2010 at Walmart, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Babies “R” Us and BJ’s Wholesale. They were also available at various other retailers as well as on the Web for between $25 and $30 each. The Infantino “Wendy Bellissimo” slings were sold exclusively at Babies “R” Us.
If your sling is included in the recall, CPSC advises you to stop using it immediately and contact Infantino to receive a free replacement product. You will be offered a choice of a Wrap & Tie infant carrier, a 2 in 1 Shopping Cart Cover, or a 3 in 1 Grow & Play Activity Gym. In addition, they will throw in a Jittery Pals Rattle. Contact Infantino by calling (866) 860-1361 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or by visiting their Web site.
Though there is no hard data revealing how many children have ever been injured or died while being carried in an infant sling, CPSC has been warning of the dangers for years. While those warnings have been general and the recalls often related to stitching or fasteners, this one is different. CPSC says they are aware of three suffocation deaths of babies being carried in these Infantino slings in 2009 alone.
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