Preventing Child Injuries: Infantino Recalls Over 1 Million Baby Slings and Evenflo Recalls Over 150,000 Top-of-Stair Gates

Earlier this month, our child injury law firm reported on the warning issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission that baby slings can be dangerous and lead to suffocation accidents. Their warning was announced following 13 infant deaths—3 of them in the past year.
Now, Infantino, the manufacturer of the infant slings involved in the 2009 child fatalities, is recalling over 1 million baby slings. If your baby has a “Wendy Bellisimo” or a “SlingRider” infant sling, the CPSC is urging you to stop using this product right away.
The babies that died were a 7-week-old Philadelphia infant, a 3-month-old Cincinnati baby, and a 6-day-old Oregon infant. Newborn Derrik’s mom has filed her Oregon products liability lawsuit suing Infantino for millions of dollars over her son’s wrongful death by asphyxia/suffocation. Click on our recentproducts liability law blog post to read more about how to protect your child from suffocation injuries when using a baby sling.
Also, in other major child recall news, last week Evenflo and the CPSC announced the recall of 183,000 Evenflo Top-of-Stair™ Plus Wood Gates (approximately 150,000 in the US and 33,000 in Canada). The gates become a fall hazard when the slats detach or break.
Evenflo already has received 142 reports of problems with the slats. Three children managed to access the stairs. One child fell down a step and another child fell down five steps. Seven kids sustained scrapes, scratches, and bruises. Four children suffered head bumps and bruises. Evenflo models 101512 and 10502 are included in the recall.
If a child manages to get through a baby gate designed to prevent him or her from getting to the stairs and falls down the steps, serious injuries can result. In addition to bruises, scratches, and bumps, broken bones, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, and other injuries can occur.
Evenflo Recalls Top-of-Stair Plus Wood Gates Due to Fall Hazard, CPSC, March 25, 2010
Grieving mothers blame baby slings for infant deaths, CNN, March 25, 2010
Infantino Recalls to Replace SlingRider Baby Slings; Three Infant Deaths Reported, CPSC, March 24, 2010
Related Web Resources:
World report on child injury prevention, World Health Organization
Products Liability Overview, Justia

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