Infantino Sling Rider recall affects more than 1 million products

A parent is shown holding her infant in a front baby sling. This is not the SlingRider or Wendy Bellissimo product under the Infantino baby sling recall; it is only meant to illustrate how such a product is worn.

Attachment parenting creates an intimate bond between parent and child. This does photo NOT show a product in the baby sling recall, but illustrates how such a product is worn. (Photo: ThinkStockPhotos)

A recent baby sling recall by Infantino that affects the “SlingRider” and “Wendy Bellissimo” models — heretofore to be referred to as the “Infantino Sling Rider Recall” — will take more than 1 million products off the market. That’s 1 million from the U.S. and 15,000 from Canada, reports the Chicago Tribune. For parents of little ones, the idea something as innocent as a baby sling could unintentionally cause suffocation for infants less than four months old is the stuff of nightmares; catching the problem is a great collective sigh of relief, not unlike the relief of knowing you can take care of an ER bill for baby with payday loans online.

Three related infant suffocation deaths occurred in 2009, according to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) March 24 report regarding the baby sling recall. Apparently, the Infantino slings in question could potentially tangle a young baby in its folds and cut off his or her oxygen supply. Why it took almost the entire first quarter of 2010 before a recall went into effect is a question for the legal experts.

Parents, do not attempt to fix your Infantino Sling Rider recall sling

That’s something Infantino advises families NOT to do in the official Infantino Sling Rider recall notice. If a parent is unsure of what type of infant sling they have, Infantino advises checking the plastic slide piece on the strap. It should say “Infantino” on it. On the inside of the carrier part of the SlingRider sling, there should be a printed instruction/warning label. The CPSC indicates that the “Wendy Bellissimo” has “a sewn-in label on the inside of the sling strap that says in part ‘Wendy Bellissimo Media, Inc.’ and lists Item numbers 3937500H7and 3937501H7.”

Where were Infantino baby sling recall products sold?

SlingRider and Wendy Bellissimo were manufactured in China and Thailand, and were in stores between January 2003 and March 2010., Wal-Mart, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Babies “R” Us, BJ’s Wholesale and numerous other U.S. retailers carried the SlingRider; Wendy Bellissimo was sold only at Babies “R” Us, according to the Tribune.

What is Infantino doing to make up for the Infantino Sling Rider recall?

They’re offering a replacement with one of the following products:

Furthermore, they’re sending customers affected by the baby sling recall a Jittery Pals Rattle.

What should you do if you own an Infantino SlingRider recall product?

Or the Wendy Bellissimo sling, for that matter? First of all, contact Infantino at (866) 860-1361 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pacific, Mon.-Fri. Alternatively, check out Infantino’s Customer Service Web site for a free replacement sling. Yes, it will be free; you won’t need installment loans with no credit check.

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