Infantino, LLC recalled over 1 million baby slings in North America. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada teamed with Infantino, LLC to make the recall announcement. Three infants died in 2009 due to suffocation per a Safety Commission statement. Infantino's "SlingRider" and Wendy Bellissimo" models have been targeted in the recall. The Safety Commission insists that parents do not attempt use the slings with infants younger than four months and that replacement slings and baby gear will be used in lieu of the defective products.
The recalled slings were manufactured in China and Thailand. The "Wendy Bellissimo" model was exlusive to Babies R Us stores and the "SlingRider" model was available for purchase through online sources as well as baby and children's stores throughout the United States and Canada. Approximately 1 million slings were sold in the U.S. with 15,000 sold in Canada from January 2003 through March 2010.
The Consumer Protection Safety Commission's press statement indicated that " 'Infantino' is printed on the plastic slider located on the strap. 'Infantino,' 'SlingRider' and the item number are printed on the instruction/warning label inside the baby sling carrier." Infantino's 'Wendy Bellissimo' model has "a sewn-in label on the inside of the sling strap that says in part 'Wendy Bellissimo Media, Inc.' and lists Item numbers 3937500H7 and 3937501H7."
When the consumer returns the recalled product, Infantino replace the slins with a "wrap and tie" infant carrier, 2 in 1 shopping cart cover, or a 3 in 1 grow and play activity gym and will give away a Jittery pals rattle.
Contact Infantino between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT weekdays at 866-860-1361 or their website: Infantino.com for more information.