Florida Parents Beware: Baby Sling Carriers Could be Deadly

March 22, 2010
By Dan Irving , Esq. on March 22, 2010 4:43 PM | | Comments (0)

Parents using baby sling carriers should know that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning on slings due to suffocation death hazards. Specific brands were not mentioned in the warning.

The warning applies to babies younger than four months, preemies, babies who have difficulty breathing, and babies with low birth weight. In the past 20 years, 14 babies have died - 12 of which have been under four months- as a result of infant sling carriers, including three deaths last year. Infants under four months old are more susceptible to suffocating while in a sling because of their inability to control their heads at such a young age.

The CPSC advises parents to make sure their infant's face is exposed, chin up, and to make sure their child's nose and mouth are not covered. The Commission also encourages parents to check the position of their babies often. The CPSC offers diagrams explaining the right way, and incorrect ways, to place an infant in a sling.

Recently there have been a string of baby product recalls including strollers, cribs and high chairs. Our South Florida personal injury lawyers follow product warning and recalls involving injuries to children so that parents and caregivers can hopefully avoid injuries to their children.

Dan Irving is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer handling injury and accident cases for more than 29 years. He has received a 10.0 rating on AVVO, a lawyer rating service, which is the highest rating given for a lawyer. He is also rated the highest ability and ethics rating, "AV", by Martindale Hubbell, a company rating lawyers for more than 100 years.

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