Infantino Baby Slings Recalled Due to Suffocation Risk
More than one million Infantino baby slings have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after reports linked them to the suffocation deaths of three infants. The CPSC urged parents of babies younger than four months to immediately stop using the potentially dangerous products.
The recall includes one million "SlingRider" and "Wendy Bellissimo" models sold in the United States and 15,000 sold in Canada. The president of Infantino said the company has been working closely with the CPSC to improve their sling safety concerns. Infantino will offer a free baby carrier, shopping cart cover, or activity gym to any consumer affected by the sling recall.
The slings involved in the recall 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.
Earlier in the month, the CPSC issued a general warning about the potential suffocation risks of slings, specifically to infants who were born prematurely or have breathing problems such as colds. No particular company or sling-style was singled out by the warning at the time. In the warning, the CPSC said that there are two ways an infant can suffocate:
- The sling's fabric can cover the baby's nose and mouth, blocking breathing and suffocating the child within a minute or two.
- Slings that cradle infants in a curved "C-like" position, nestling the baby below the mother's chest or near her belly, can cause a baby who doesn't have strong neck control to flop its head forward, chin-to-chest, restricting the infant's ability to breathe.