March 24, 2010

After Reports Of 3 Deaths, Infantino Recalls 1 Million Fugly Slings

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Whether 'tis nobler to suffer the slings and--uh, no. It is not.

The CPSC, Health Canada and Infantino just announced the recall of one million slings in the US and 15,000 in Canada [so few!] after reports of three infant suffocation deaths. The two recalled slings are the Wendy Belissimmo, which were sold exclusively [ooh] at Babies R Us, and the SlingRider, which was sold basically everywhere with a giant parking lot, between 2003 and March 2010, so basically yesterday.

The CPSC reiterated their plan to develop new safety standards for slings and infant carriers, which will presumably outlaw such fugly, over-padded monstrosities that, from the kid's perspective, are indistinguishable from getting stuffed between the cushions of the sectional sofa.

"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."

How do these guys get away with offering up their other random products instead of a refund? Just take it back to the Burlington Coat Factory and demand your $25 back.

Infantino Recalls to Replace SlingRider Baby Slings; Three Infant Deaths Reported [cpsc.gov]

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