SAN DIEGO, Calif — Infantino, a company based out of San Diego, California, recently announced that purchasers of their toddler carriers must stop using them because a defect in the device could allow the child to fall out of the carrier. According to Fox 6 Now, 14,000 of the infant carriers have been sold across the nation at retail stores like Target and on Amazon.com. The recalled toddler carriers sell at a retail price between $30.00 and $50.00. Additionally, the recalled toddler carriers were available for sale from November 2019 to December 2019. Although the carriers look like backpacks, the company describes them as front-facing carriers made of cotton and has a padded pouch, also in the front.
Infantino announced the recall campaign after learning that the buckles on the straps are faulty and could break. The child could fall out of the carrier if the buckles break. The company declared that parents should stop using their carriers immediately to prevent a child from falling out and dying or sustaining severe injuries. Infantino will replace the carrier for free. Infantino asked owners of their recalled carriers to contact the company through their website or call the established recall hotline to learn how to exchange the defective carrier for a new one.
Infantino only recalled four types of carriers. All other carriers remain safe to use, according to the company. The lot descriptions for the recalled carriers are the Go Forward four-in-one evolved ergonomic carrier (two separate lots), the Flip Front to Back Carrier, and the Up Close Newborn Carrier. Infantino said that all relevant product information and lot codes might be located on the label sewn into the fabric of the carrier’s inside.
Infantino did not disclose how the company learned about the defect or whether any child sustained an injury or died after falling out of a defective toddler carrier.
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