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Baby Slings Cause Three Deaths


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) announced today that a free replacement program has begun for the “SlingRider” and “Wendy Bellissimo” infant slings, manufactured by Infantino LLC, of San Diego, California.  One million slings are being recalled in the United States and 15,000 are being recalled in Canada, in a cooperative effort with the manufacturer.

The CPSC has called for consumers to immediately stop using these slings for infants younger than four months of age due to a risk of suffocation.  The recall is announced following reports of three infant deaths that occurred in these slings last year involving 7-week-old infant, a 6-day-old infant and a 3-month-old infant.

The two slings involved in the recall are both soft fabric baby carriers with a strap which allows the parent or caregiver to have the baby lying against their chest.  The “SlingRider” model has “Infantino” is printed on the plastic slider located on the strap.  The “Wendy Bellissimo” carriers were sold only 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.”

Consumers can contact Infantino toll-free at (866) 860-1361 between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s Web site to receive a free replacement product.

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