Bad news for babywearing moms today! Major brand Playtex has issued a recall via the Consumer Product Safety Commission for more than 300,000 of its popular Hip Hammock Infant Carriers. Parents are being instructed to stop using the carriers immediately as some babies have suffered serious injuries due to a problem with the product.
The company says they've received 87 reports of the buckles cracking or breaking, including reports of injuries to baby. At least one infant required treatment in the emergency room.
Are you using one of the recalled carriers? Here's what you need to know to keep baby your safe.
1. The products recalled include the Hip Hammock Child Carrier and the Deluxe Hip Hammock Child Carrier. Both versions are made for babies 15 to 35 pounds.
2. All models are being recalled, but if you want to be extra sure, one of the following model numbers can be found sewn into the inside panel below the instructions for use: 05300, 05301, 05302, 05306, 05307, and 05308.
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3. The carriers were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Walmart, and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from June 2004 through December 2008 and January 2010 in Canada for about $40 for the basic model and $60 for the deluxe model.
4. If you have one of these carriers, Playtex says you should stop using it immediately. You can call the company -- (800) 522-8230 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday -- for a full refund. You can also fill out their online recall form.
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