Infant Sling Carriers Reportedly Linked to Deaths

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) is released an advisory warning parents and caregivers about hazards associated with infant slings marketed for babies younger than four months of age.

As of March 12, 2010, the CPSC was investigating at least fourteen (14) deaths associated with sling-style infant carriers, including three in 2009. Twelve of the deaths involved babies younger than four months of age. According to the government, slings can pose two different types of suffocation hazards to babies. In the first few months of life, babies cannot control their heads because of weak neck muscles. The sling’s fabric can press against an infant’s nose and mouth, blocking the baby’s breathing and rapidly suffocating a baby within a minute or two. Additionally, where a sling keeps the infant in a curled position bending the chin toward the chest, the airways can be restricted, limiting the oxygen supply. The baby will not be able to cry for help and can slowly suffocate.

These concerns led the Commission to add slings to the list of durable infant products that require a mandatory standard. Additionally, CPSC staff is actively investigating these products to determine what additional action may be appropriate. As of march, 2010, no effective voluntary standard for infant sling carriers was in existence.

If you or a loved one has experienced a catastrophic injury or wrongful death due to use of an infant sling carrier or other childrens’ product, contact the Boston law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. We will answer your questions and protect your legal rights. Speak with a personal injury lawyer today by calling (617) 742-1900, or toll free outside of Boston, 1-800-545-3732.

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