We wrote in this issue on the safety issues relating to baby slings. Now more than 1 million baby slings made by Infantino have been recalled after claims linking them to three infant deaths. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said babies could suffocate in the soft fabric slings. The agency urged parents to immediately stop using the slings for babies under four months. The recall involves 1 million Infantino “SlingRider” and “Wendy Bellissimo” slings in the United States and 15,000 in Canada.
The Infantino slings being recalled were sold from 2003 through 2010 at several retailers, including Target, Babies “R” Us and Burlington Coat Factory. Consumers can call Infantino at 866-860-1361 to receive a free replacement product. There are no federal safety rules for baby slings. Infantino says it’s working with CPSC and ASTM International, an organization that sets voluntary safety standards, to develop a standard for slings. The CPSC specializes in product safety, and often negotiates agreements with manufacturers for recalls, when necessary.
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