1 Million Baby Slings Recalled
Infantino Baby Slings Recalled in U.S., Canada After 3 Infants Died
WebMD News Archive
2010 -- On the heels of a
warning that baby slings can kill infants, Infantino LLC has recalled 1
million of the products in the U.S. and 15,000 in Canada.
At least three children died in these slings in 2009: a 7-week-old in
Philadelphia, a 6-day old infant in Salem, Ore., and a 3-month-old in
Infantino is recalling two popular brands of the slings: the "Wendy
Bellissimo" sold exclusively at Babies 'R' Us; and the "SlingRider" sold at
Walmart, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, BJ's Wholesale, and other stores
since January 2003.
The products sold for between $25 and $30. "Infantino" is printed on a
plastic slider on the product shoulder strap. The brand names are printed on
the instruction/warning label inside the
Infantino is offering to replace the slings with a choice of the Wrap &
Tie infant carrier, a 2-in-1 Shopping Cart Cover, or a 3-in-1 Grow & Play
Activity Gym. The company is also offering a Jittery Pals Rattle with each
The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that parents should not try to
fix the recalled baby slings. The slings pose two types of danger to
- During the first few months of life, infants cannot control their heads
because their neck muscles are too weak. They cannot turn their heads when the
sling fabric presses against their nose and mouth, suffocating the baby in just
one or two minutes.
- When the sling holds a baby in a curled position with its chin bent toward
its chest, the infant's airway is restricted. The child, unable to cry for
help, slowly suffocates.
The CPSC is developing a mandatory standard for baby slings. While this
standard is being developed, the CPSC is working with manufacturers to come up
with an effective voluntary standard. Currently, there is no safety standard
for baby slings.
Consumers who own the recalled products should call Infantino at
866-860-1361 during business hours or visit the company's web site at
Anyone with knowledge of an injury caused by a baby sling should contact the