カリフォルニアの会社製のスリングライダー Infantino により米国とカナダで3人の死者が出たため、100万以上の製品がリコールとなった。
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Infantino baby slings recalled in US and Canada
Infantino's SlingRider infant carrier (image: Infantino website)
Owners of SlingRiders were asked to stop using them immediately
More than 1m baby slings made by Californian company Infantino are being recalled in the US and Canada after reports of three deaths involving them.
US and Canadian consumer watchdogs announced the recall along with Infantino of two infant carriers, the SlingRider and Wendy Bellissimo.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said it was aware of three deaths in slings reported last year.
A free voluntary replacement programme has been announced.
One million infant slings were being recalled in the US and 15,000 in Canada, the US CPSC said in its statement.
"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," it said.
The CPSC was, it added, "aware of three reports of deaths that occurred in these slings in 2009". It said these involved an infant of seven weeks in Philadelphia, an infant of six days in Salem and an infant of three months in Cincinnati.
In a statement on his company's website, Infantino president Jack Vresics said the recall was being announced to "address concerns raised" by the CPSC.
The sling's fabric can press against an infant's nose and mouth, blocking the baby's breathing and rapidly suffocating a baby within a minute or two
US Consumer Product Safety Commission
warning issued on 12 March
"Our top priority is the safety of infants whose parents and caregivers use our products," he said.
Mr Vresics said the San Diego-based company would co-operate "closely with CPSC as it continues its investigation of all baby slings".
It would offer, he added, a free replacement baby carrier, activity gym or shopping cart cover to any affected consumer.
Earlier in March, the CPSC issued a broad warning about sling-style baby carriers, saying they posed a potential suffocation risk to infants, especially babies under four months.
It did not single out a specific type of sling or manufacturer.
"In the first few months of life, babies cannot control their heads because of weak neck muscles," that warning said.
"The sling's fabric can press against an infant's nose and mouth, blocking the baby's breathing and rapidly suffocating a baby within a minute or two.
"Additionally, where a sling keeps the infant in a curled position bending the chin toward the chest, the airways can be restricted, limiting the oxygen supply. The baby will not be able to cry for help and can slowly suffocate."
Babies who had a low birth weight, were born prematurely or had breathing problems such as colds were also at risk, the US watchdog noted.
In the earlier warning, it said it had identified or was investigating at least 14 deaths in the last 20 years associated with baby slings.
Baby Slings to Be Pulled From Market
Infantino Halts Sale of Baby Slings Weeks After Government Issues Warning
By BRIAN HARTMAN
March 24, 2010
Nearly two weeks after the Consumer Product Safety Commission warned parents that over-the-shoulder baby slings can be deadly for children younger than 4 months old, San Diego-based Infantino LLC is pulling two of its carriers -- SlingRider and Wendy Bellissimo -- off the market altogether.
Infantino pulls two of its baby holders after government issues warning.
The deaths of at least three infants prompted the original recall of more than 1 million baby slings sold throughout North America.
"Our top priority is the safety of infants whose parents and caregivers use our products," Infantino's President Jack Vresics, said in a statement today.
"Infantino is announcing a voluntary replacement program for the Infantino SlingRider and Wendy Bellissimo infant baby carriers to address concerns raised by the Consumer Product Safety Commission," Vresics said.
The CPSC urges consumer to "stop using the recalled slings immediately and contact Infantino to receive a free replacement product."
There's a risk involved with all sling carriers, particularly for newborns the CPSC says. Babies' weak neck muscles make it difficult to move to a better position if they are suffocating. But Infantino slings have raised specific concerns.
"It does not matter how old your baby is at this point with the Infantino sling," said CPSC's Scott Wolfson. "Do not use it. This sling places the baby in a very deep part of the product," Wolfson said. "What is so dangerous is when the fabric covers nose and mouth or when baby is turned into the body of the mother and the airway is restricted."
Mother Lisa Cochran told ABC News she was shopping at a Costco when she looked inside the Infantino sling draped over her chest and realized something was wrong.
"We walked out to the car, by the time I got to the car and took him out, he was not a normal color," Cochran said.
She called police but the child could not be revived.
"I hope nobody has to go through what me and my family have been through."
Cochran is now suing Infantino, contending a design flaw was responsible for the death of her baby.
Her attorney Brian Whitehead said, "Its design is such that when a baby is in the sling, it causes the baby to curl in on itself, causing the baby not to be able to breathe."
Just about two weeks ago, Infantino released a statement to ABC News saying it believed the SlingRider was a "safe product."
In October 2009, Don Mays of Consumer Reports magazine was so concerned about Infantino slings that he wrote a letter to the CPSC, drawing attention to three known deaths and urging the agency for a recall.
So what has taken so long ?
"A case needs to be established," Wolfson said.
"Incidents need to be investigated. And we were able to reach a point with the company without having to go to court, without a protracted case, that there was a recognition that there was a risk of suffocation with the product. And the time is now to act."
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