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Baby slings recalled in UK after three tots die

A baby sling was recalled across the UK and Europe last night, following claims linking it to three infant deaths in the United States.

US company Infantino recalled the SlingRider, saying customers should stop using the product immediately and return it for a free replacement.

An Infantino spokesman said 10,000 of the recalled slings had been sold to the UK market, although an unknown number could still be in stores.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said babies could suffocate in the soft fabric slings.

Infantino said that it was working with the CPSC and Trading Standards in the UK in an ongoing investigation of the baby carriers.

It said in a statement: “Our top priority is the safety of infants whose parents and caregivers use our products, and we highly value the trust that mothers and families place in the company's products every day.

“Infantino is announcing a voluntary replacement programme for the Infantino SlingRider infant baby carriers to address concerns raised by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This action is being taken in the US and Canada and also the UK and other European countries.”

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Earlier this month the CPSC issued a warning about sling-style baby carriers, saying they posed a potential suffocation risk to infants, especially babies under four months .

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