Infantino Baby Slings Recalled Following Infant Deaths. Over one million Infantino SlingRider Baby Slings are being recalled today in the U.S. and Canada, following three reported infant deaths.
According to a recall notice on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) The Infantino “SlingRider,” 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. “Infantino” is printed on the plastic slider located on the strap. “Infantino,” “SlingRider,” and the item number are printed on the instruction/warning label inside the baby sling carrier. “Wendy Bellissimo”-branded sling carriers were sold exclusively at Babies “R” 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.
Three Reported Deaths Occurred In These Slings
Infantino LLC sold the slings in the United States and Canada from January 2003 through March 2010 at Walmart, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Babies “R” Us, BJ’s Wholesale, various baby and children’s stores, and other retailers nationwide, and on the Web at Amazon.com, for between $25 and $30.
The CPSC is very strongly advising consumers: Do not attempt to fix these carriers. The agency 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 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.<!–more–>
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 firm’s Web site at www.infantino.com