San Diego, CA, United States (AHN) – A recall has been issued for Infantino “SlingRider” and “Wendy Bellissimo” infant slings after reports of the deaths of three babies. Consumers in the United States and Canada are being advised to stop using the devices immediately for infants younger than 4 months old because of the risk of suffocation.

Infantino is issuing free replacements.

Under recall are 1 million slings in the U.S. and 15,000 in Canada that were manufactured in China and Thailand.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said in a statement Wednesday that it was aware of reports of three deaths that occurred in these slings in 2009. Those deaths were a 7-week-old infant in Philadelphia, PA, a 6-day-old infant in Salem, OR, and a 3-month-old infant in Cincinnati, OH.

The recall and replacement is being conducted by CPSC and Health Canada (HC), in cooperation with Infantino LLC, of San Diego, CA, according to the CPSC statement.

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