By Ed Attwood
Toy giant warns UAE customers to stop using ‘infant slings’ immediately.
Retail giant Toys ‘R’ Us has warned its UAE customers to stop using one of its products immediately following reports in the US that it poses a “suffocation hazard”.
“Toys ‘R’ Us has requested customers who have purchased Infantino SlingRider – Burgundy floral infant slings (Manufacture number 751-613) to stop using it immediately and bring it back to the Customer Service Desk at any Toys ‘R’ Us store in the UAE where they will receive a full refund,” the company said in a press statement that was released on Tuesday.
“This follows a notification from our supplier Infantino LLC that a limited number of slings sold in the region are subject to a product recall following reports in the US of suffocation hazard.”
Toys ‘R’ Us, which is run locally in partnership with the Al Futtaim Group, said that no incidents had yet been reported in the Middle East.
On March 12, the Associated Press reported that the US' Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) confirmed it had investigated "at least 13 deaths associated with sling-style infant carriers over the last 20 years, including three deaths last year".
The agency added that one other case involving a fatality is still being investigated, and that twelve of the deaths involved babies younger than four months of age.
As a result, the CPSC ordered a voluntary recall of Infantino baby slings on March 24.