(SL) — New safety standards are in place for baby sling carriers. The new standards apply to any infant sling carrier manufactured or imported after January 30th of this year. The standards are aimed at preventing deaths and injuries to young children.
The new rules state that all infant slings must have permanently attached warning labels and come with instructions to show proper positioning. Those warning labels must also include statements about suffocation hazards and children falling out of slings.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 159 incidents were reported between January 2003 and September 2016 involving sling carriers, including 17 deaths and 67 injuries.