Two popular baby carriers are being recalled after reports that three infants suffocated while in the devices. Parents are being warned not to use the Infantino SlingRider and Wendy Bellissimo infant slings for babies younger than four months because of the risk of suffocation.
One million of these infant slings are being recalled in the United States and 15,000 are being recalled in Canada.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said that at least three infants that were in the devices suffocated. The deaths occurred in 2009 and included; a 7-week-old infant in Philadelphia.; a 6-day-old infant in Salem, Ore.; and a 3-month-old infant in Cincinnati.
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 product was manufactured in China and Thailand.
Parents 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 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.infantino.com