Infantino is voluntarily recalling 1 million “SlingRider” and “Wendy Bellissimo” infant slings in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
CPSC is aware of three reports of deaths that occurred in these slings in 2009: a 7-week-old infant in Philadelphia, Pa.; a 6-day-old infant in Salem, Ore.; and a 3-month-old infant in Cincinnati, Ohio.
If you own these slings, you should immediately stop using them and contact Infantino for a free replacement product. Infantino will tell you to cut out the sling strap above and below the stitched-on Infantino (or Wendy Bellissmo) logo and send the cut piece to Infantino. This will verify that you own the sling. This will also disable the sling from future use. You should then throw away the sling.
Consumers will have a choice of products to replace the slings: the Wrap & Tie infant carrier, the 2 in 1 Shopping Cart Cover or the 3 in 1 Grow & Play Activity Center. All consumers who contact Infantino will also receive a Jittery Pals Rattle.
You can contact Infantino at 866-860-1361 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT (11 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET) Monday through Friday or on Infantino’s Web site.
CPSC reiterates its warning to parents and caregivers to use extra caution when carrying infants younger than 4 months old in any type of sling and to make sure that an infant’s face is visible to baby wearers at all times. For more information, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/.