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Home > Recalled Products > Children's (All Kid & Baby) > Baby & Toddler Gear > Slings & Baby Carriers > Infantino "SlingRider" and "Wendy Bellissimo" infant slings

Expanded Recall: Infantino "SlingRider" and "Wendy Bellissimo" infant slings

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On 2012-03-06, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published an expanded recall regarding Infantino "SlingRider" and "Wendy Bellissimo" infant slings due to a potential suffocation hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 2003 for about $25 to $30. It was originally recalled on 2010-03-24.

Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 1st recall of products in the Slings & Baby Carriers category in 2012. Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls, involving about 1 million product units.

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Infantino "SlingRider" and "Wendy Bellissimo" infant slings
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Company Contact Information:

Website: www.infantino.com
Phone: (866) 860-1361

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What is the problem?

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.

How can I tell if I own this product?

The Infantino "SlingRider," is a soft fabric baby carrier with a padded shoulder strap that is worn by parents and caregivers to carry an infant weighing up to 20 lbs. "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. "Wendy Bellissimo" branded sling carriers were sold exclusively at Babies "R" Us and have 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.

UPDATE 03/06/2012: The CPSC reannounced this recall. Sales dates have expanded. "Due to an error," some of the recalled items previously sold by Meijer were again offered for sale at discount retailers, dollar stores, liquidation firms, flea markets and thrift stores. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell recalled products. If you own this item or a similar item and already checked to make sure it was not recalled, please check again.

Information on where these items sold new+: Infantino LLC sold the slings in the United States and Canada from January 2003 through July 2011 at Walmart, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Babies "R" Us, BJ's Wholesale, various baby and children's stores and other retailers nationwide, and on the Web at Amazon.com, for between $25 and $30.

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

Consumers should stop using the recalled slings immediately and contact Infantino to receive a free replacement product, with a choice of a Wrap & Tie infant carrier, or a 2 in 1 Shopping Cart Cover, or a 3 in 1 Grow & Play Activity Gym. A Jittery Pals Rattle will also be provided.

Contact Infantino toll-free at (866) 860-1361 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.infantino.com

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Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

CPSC is aware of three reports of deaths that occurred in these slings in 2009; a 7-week-old infant in Philadelphia, Pa.; a 6-day-old infant in Salem, Ore.; and a 3-month-old infant in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.

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