Over a Million Baby Slings Recalled Infants Die of Suffocation
We you travel with your infant you trust the manufacturers of the baby products you are using to be safe and you expect your government to regulate the quality of the products you are using. However, we are always hearing that baby products are being recalled due to poor manufacturing standards.
The latest recalls are the "SlingRider" and "Wendy Bellissimo baby slings manufactured by Fantino, Fantino slings are sold in Canada and the USA. A million are being recalled in the USA and 15,000 in Canada because three babies have already dead by suffocation. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns parents not to place their babies under the age of four month old in slings. In the last 20 years there have been at least 14 deaths due to sling style baby carriers. All the babies were under four months old.
The three babies who died this time around were seven days old, 6 weeks old and three months old. The slings were sold in Canada and the USA at Walmart, Babies "R" Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, BJ's Wholesale and other physical outlets (and amazon.com or. ca).
Some parents do not realize that infants under the age of 4 months old do not have control of their head and neck and this is how they slide into the fabric and their airways are blocked resulting in suffocation in one to two minutes. The CPSC reports that infants slouch in these slings with their chin towards their chests and blocking their airways and restricting their oxygen supply.
Health Canada has received 9 reports of incidents resulting from the use of soft baby carriers and two of these cases resulted in infant deaths.
According to CPSC, the babies that are most at risk are low birth weight, born prematurely, or had a cold or other respiratory condition. Parents who have babies affected by any of these conditions should consult their pediatricians before using a sling.
Jack Vresics, the president of Fantino will offer a free shopping cart, activity gym, or replacement baby carrier for people who are affected by this recall.
At present sadly to say, there aren’t any safety standards in place for soft baby carriers; however, the CPSC is looking into putting some safety regulations in place. They urge manufacturers to voluntarily redesign.
Montrealers can also find baby slings at sears and other wholesalers and retailers.