#1 One Million Infantino Baby Slings Recalled03-24-2010, 09:27 AM
March 24, 2010
One Million Infantino Baby Slings Recalled
Feds: The Sling Rider and Wendy Bellissimo Could Pose Suffocation Hazards
Baby slings made by Infantion being recalled due to possible safety hazards (CBS)
(CBS) The popularity of baby slings has been on the rise over the past four years.
But, reports "Early Show" Consumer Correspondent Susan Koeppen, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says two slings are considered so dangerous they're being pulled from the market, and parents are being told to stop using them.
Earlier this month, "The Early Show" broke the news that federal regulators were warning of possible suffocation hazards posed by baby slings -- which parents put around their necks and carry their babies in.
Now, the CPSC has announced the voluntary recall of one million slings made by Infantino.
The Sling Rider and the Wendy Bellissimo are being pulled because they pose a suffocation risk, Koeppen says.
Asked by Koeppen how quickly a child could suffocate in "one these slings," CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum responded, "In a matter of minutes."
Tenenbaum says three children died in Infantino slings last year alone.
"You might have your baby in a sling next to you and not notice that the baby has gone into (a) position (in which he or she) cannot breathe" until it's too late, Tenenbaum added.
That, notes Koeppen, is exactly what happened to seven-day-old Derrik Fowler during a shopping trip with his mother, Lisa Cochran.
She'd been carrying her newborn in a sling made by Infantino. "By the time I got to the car and pulled him out of the sling to put him in his car seat, he was no longer of normal color," Cochran recalls.
Infants younger than four months are at greatest risk in slings, Koeppen points out, because their weak neck muscles mean they have no head control. An infant can curl into a "C"-shape, with the chin falling into the chest -- restricting the baby's airway.
03-24-2010, 10:00 AM
Who takes their 7 day old out shopping? Other than that, who puts them in a friggen glorified diaper bag?...Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.
03-24-2010, 10:09 AM
03-24-2010, 10:46 AM
I've never had a baby, but common sense tells me to be leery of anything that is called a "baby sling". It just doesn't even sound safe.
03-24-2010, 12:14 PM
My how we've evolved."Don't vote. It only encourages the bastards." -PJ O'Roarke
03-24-2010, 12:16 PM
How far can you hurl a baby with one of those things?
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.C. S. Lewis
03-24-2010, 01:16 PM
If a baby is suffocating in its sling, then you're probably not launching it fast enough. God, some people are so bad at proper parenting."Our president delivered his State of the Union message to Congress. That is one of the things his contract calls for -- to tell congress the condition of the country. This message, as I say, is to Congress. The rest of the people know the condition of the country, for they live in it, but Congress has no idea what is going on in America, so the president has to tell 'em." ~ Will Rogers
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