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Safety measures for carrying babies in sling carriers

Posted on January 28, 2015 2:27 pm under Product Liability

A sling carrier is made of soft cloth material that resembles an arm sling and is used to carry an infant close to your chest. It keeps your hands relatively free, allowing you to perform various tasks such as breastfeeding and walking around. However, infants younger than four months are at risk of serious injuries and death due to head fractures, contusion, and suffocation caused by this product.

Because babies in sling carriers do not have much strength to move their necks when in an uncomfortable or dangerous position, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends these precautions when carrying a baby using a sling carrier:

  • Check the baby’s position often
  • Ensure that nothing is covering his or her face
  • Always make sure that you can see his or her face at all times

Because defective sling carriers may also break and tear apart, the CPSC also required baby sling manufacturers to use only durable materials and follow mandatory standards for making and designing the product.

Injuries caused by a defective sling carrier may not have happened if the manufacturer had not failed to ensure that their products was made within quality standards. If your baby has been injured because of a defective baby sling, speak with a product liability attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to learn about the possibility of filing legal action. Contact our Madison office at (414) 271-0900 for a free case assessment today.