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Safety recall affects 1 million Infantino baby slings

WASHINGTON - More than 1 million baby slings made by Infantino were recalled yesterday after claims linking them to three infant deaths.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said babies could suffocate in the soft fabric slings. The agency urged parents to immediately stop using the slings for babies younger than 4 months.

The recall involves 1 million Infantino "SlingRider" and "Wendy Bellissimo" slings in the United States and 15,000 in Canada.

Infantino president Jack Vresics said the company has been working closely with the commission on its sling concerns.

"Our top priority is the safety of infants whose parents and caregivers use our products," he said in a statement.

He said the company would offer a free replacement baby carrier, activity gym or shopping cart cover to any affected consumer.

The recalled slings were sold from 2003 through 2010 at several retailers, including Target, Babies R Us and Burlington Coat Factory.

Consumers can call Infantino at 866-860-1361 to receive a free replacement product.


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