Infantino Pulls Two Baby Slings From Market

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San Diego-based Infantino LLC is pulling two of its carriers -- SlingRider and Wendy Bellissimo -- off the market altogether.

This comes two weeks after the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) advised parents and caregivers to be cautious when using infant slings for babies younger than four months of age as these over-the-shoulder slings can result in death of the infant.

The specific safety issues posed by the slings are of two types, both of which can result in suffocation. In the first few months of life, babies cannot control their heads because of weak neck muscles. The sling’s fabric can press against an infant’s nose and mouth, blocking the baby’s breathing and rapidly suffocating a baby within a minute or two.

The second hazard is due to the sling keeping the infant in a curled position bending the chin toward the chest which can restrict the airway, limiting the infant’s oxygen supply. This can result in the infant slowly suffocating.

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In researching incident reports from the past 20 years, CPSC identified and is investigating at least 14 deaths associated with sling-style infant carriers, including three in 2009. Twelve of the deaths involved babies younger than four months of age.

The deaths of at least three infants prompted the original recall of more than 1 million baby slings sold throughout North America.

The CPSC continues to urge consumers to stop using the recalled slings immediately.

Consumers looking for a replacement are urged to "contact Infantino at (866) 860-1361 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.infantino.com."

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Sources
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Infantino LLC
ABC News

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