Baby brand Infantino has recalled two of its baby slings – the SlingRider and Wendy Bellissimo sling – after three babies died in the US.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said it was aware of three reports of deaths occurring in the slings in 2009. The recall affects around one million baby slings sold in the US, 15,000 in Canada – and up to 10,000 baby slings sold in the UK.
In a statement about the sling recall the CPSC advises consumers to ‘immediately stop using these slings for infants younger than four months of age due to a risk of suffocation and contact Infantino for a free replacement product’.
Parents with older babies are also being advised to stop using their baby slings and take part in the recall.
Affected customers should contact Infantino on 0800 008 6927 or follow the instructions on the Infantino website, where all the affected model numbers are listed.
Baby sling recall
Infantino said its customers would receive either a replacement baby carrier, activity gym or shopping cart cover in return for sending affected slings back to the company.
The Infantino recall comes a week after the CPSC said it was investigating ‘at least 14 deaths associated with sling-style infant carriers, including three in 2009’ from the past 20 years.
It issued a general safety warning about slings concerning their use with babies younger than four months old – especially for premature and low-weight babies or babies in fragile health. It advises parents to ensure they wear slings correctly.
We’ve taken this diagram from the CPSC to demonstrate how to properly wear a baby sling:
Baby safety advice
Which? has in-depth advice on choosing a baby carrier or sling, and tests a range of other baby products including pushchairs and child car seats.
According to Which? baby products expert Lizzy Ruffles: ‘These tragic cases reported in the US show just how important it is for parents to practise caution when using baby slings, or indeed any other baby product. You should always carefully follow manfacturers’ instructions to ensure you’re correctly and safely using an item, and keep a close eye on your child at all times.’