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Lawsuit Says Defective Sling Killed Baby

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The family of Matilda Blanche Gentzel has filed a lawsuit in Illinois Cook County Circuit Court against Eddie Bauer, Goldbug Inc., and the Target Corporation, alleging that a defective infant carrier sling that her father, George G. Gentzel II, was wearing, cut off baby Matilda’s breathing and caused her to die.

According to the lawsuit, baby Matilda died November 19, 2009, four days after the Eddie Bauer Sling & Hip Carrier forced her chin to her chest causing “positional asphyxia.” George Gentzel was unable to see that his daughter was in distress because of the way her was positioned in the carrier.

The lawsuit says the sling lacked “a safety mechanism to prevent….suffocation of the infant.” It also says the plaintiffs were negligent in failing to provide adequate warning regarding the dangers of using the sling with infants under four months of age, and about the possibility of the sling preventing the infant from being able to breathe properly, and for providing inadequate instruction.

In March, 2010 the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning regarding using slings with infants, as twelve of the 14 deaths caused by slings were babies under the age of four months. The warning said, “In the first few months of life, babies cannot control their heads because of weak neck muscles,” according to the statement. “The sling’s fabric can press against an infant’s nose and mouth, blocking the baby’s breathing and rapidly suffocating a baby within a minute or two. Additionally, where a sling keeps the infant in a curled position bending the chin toward the chest, the airways can be restricted, limiting the oxygen supply. The baby will not be able to cry for help and can slowly suffocate.”

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from sling maker Eddie Bauer, Goldbug, Inc., and Target, where the sling was purchased.

 

 

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