Gov't to warn on baby slings because of deaths

WASHINGTON - (AP) - The U.S. government is preparing a safetywarning about baby slings - those popular and fashionable infantcarriers that parents can sling around their chests to carry theirbaby.

The concern is that infants can suffocate, and a few have.

Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum saysher agency is getting ready to issue a general warning to thepublic, likely to go out this week, about the baby carriers.

She did not single out any specific slings or discuss at leastseven reported deaths linked to them.

Safety advocates have cautioned that some slings, where the babyfalls into a curved or "C-like" position inside the sling, canlead to suffocation by restricting the baby's breathing.

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