The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved new standards for infant sling carriers aimed at reducing the number of child injuries and deaths associated with the products. The new standard applies to any infant sling manufactured or imported into the U.S. after January 30th.
While a number of new standards are going into effect, the most important involves permanently attached warning labels and instructions meant to show the proper position of a child in the sling. According to the CPSC, instructions should include an illustrated diagram to prevent confusion and the warning label must include statements about:
In terms of manufacturing and durability, the new standard requires sling carriers to:
The new standards were implemented after the CPSC noted an alarming number of deaths and injuries associated with infant sling carriers.
Between January 2003 and September 2016, the CPSC received 159 incident reports involving infant sling carriers. The reports included 17 infant deaths and 67 injuries to infants.
Before using an infant sling carrier, be sure that you are using the product properly and know hwo to prevent deaths and injuries resulting from a sling carrier. Things to consider include:
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