US New Federal Standard for Infant Slings Takes Effect

On February 1, 2018, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved the new federal standard for infant slings to prevent deaths and injuries to young children.  The new standard applies to any infant sling carrier manufactured or imported after January 30, 2018.

All infant slings must have permanently attached warning labels and come with instructions, like illustrated diagrams, to show the proper position of a child in the sling.

Warning labels must include statements about:

The suffocation hazards posed by slings and prevention measures:

  • Hazards of children falling out of slings
  • A reminder to check the buckles, snaps, rings and other hardware to make sure no parts are broken

The mandatory standard also requires sling carriers to:

  • Carry up to three times the manufacturer’s maximum recommended weight
  • Be sufficiently durable to avoid seam separations, fabric tears, breakage, etc.
  • Prevent the child from falling out of the sling during normal use.

Between January 2003 and September 2016, 159 incidents were reported to CPSC involving sling carriers, including 17 deaths and 67 injuries to infants during use of the product.