March 24, 2010
On March 12, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning regarding the risk of certain baby slings that can restrict the breathing of infants and cause death. In light of that alert and the concern the ensuing media reports raised for parents, Mothering responded with the press release Babywearing is Safe and followed up with a Mothering Radio broadcasted special report Safe Babywearing reviewing the concerns raised and explaining safe babywearing practices.
Today, over one million Infantino baby slings were recalled in the United States and Canada after reports of three infant deaths were linked to Infantino's "SlingRider" and "Wendy Bellissimo" slings.
At the time of the earlier CPSC report no specific sling or manufacturer was specified. In today's press release the CPSC stated that the three infant deaths that occurred last year were linked to Infantino slings but did not clarify how the deaths occurred.
The company's president, Jack Vresics, said they have been working very closely with the CPSC and other agencies, as well as the international agency ASTM to develop safety standards for baby slings to ensure that products are safe and that they are used appropriately.
"Our top priority is the safety of infants whose parents and caregivers use our products," Vresics said in a statement. He said the company would offer a free replacement baby carrier, activity gym or shopping cart cover to any affected consumer.
Consumers should stop using the recalled slings immediately and contact Infantino to receive a free replacement product, including a choice of the Wrap & Tie infant carrier, the 2 in 1 Shopping Cart Cover, or the 3 in 1 Grow & Play Activity Gym, plus a Jittery Pal Rattle. Consumers can check Infantino's site for specific recall information or call Infantino at 866-860-1361 to receive a free replacement product.
Read the community discussions on this topic on MotheringDotCommunity's Babywearing forum.
For more information, see Mothering’s Special Report on Babywearing
For babywearing safety tips, see "Babywearing 101"
Look for our feature article on slings in the July–August 2010 print edition.