Yet Another Recall: The Baby Sling Edition

Talk about scary:  On the heels of federal regulators issuing a warning about the safety risks associated with baby slings, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the voluntary recall of one million slings made by Infantino due to infant deaths.

The Sling Rider and the Wendy Bellissimo are being pulled because they pose a suffocation risk.  In fact, three children died in Infantino slings last year alone.

“You might have your baby in a sling next to you and not notice that the baby has gone into (a) position (in which he or she) cannot breathe” until it’s too late, warns CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.

Consumers are being advised to stop using the recalled Infantino baby slings immediately and contact the company for a free replacement product.

Um, yeah, just what frightened parents want.  Another one of their slings!

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Candy Kirby

Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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  • Very sad that 3 infants have already died from this. Wish I knew more about what exactly happened and if the carriers were being used correctly. I feel really bad for the parents. Baby slings are supposed to be good for babies, lowering their blood pressure, keeping them calm and bonding them with their parents. But these slings may be dangerous.

  • I think this was a cheaply made and designed sling that was just trying to capitalize on the baby-wearing trend without actually knowing anything about it. I got one for a shower gift that I never planned on using, but now I’m trading it in (via the recall) for a shopping cart/restaurant-high-chair cover. They do also offer a carrier as part of the recall trade-in, but it’s a totally different style. I still can’t see too many people wanting to take them up on that offer, though!