The Boppy Company is recalling 3.3 million Boppy newborn loungers after eight reported infant deaths connected to them, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced in a news release.
The deaths happened from December 2015 through June 2020, according to the release.
The infants suffocated after they were placed on their back, side or stomach on the lounger and were found on their side or stomach, the CPSC said in its release.
“These types of incidents are heartbreaking,” CPSC Acting Chairman Robert Adler said in the statement. “Loungers and pillow-like products are not safe for infant sleep, due to the risk of suffocation. Since we know that infants sleep so much of the time — even in products not intended for sleep — and since suffocation can happen so quickly, these Boppy lounger products are simply too risky to remain on the market.”
In the news release, a Boppy spokesperson said the company was “devastated to hear of these tragedies. Boppy is committed to doing everything possible to safeguard babies, including communicating the safe use of our products to parents and caregivers, and educating the public about the importance of following all warnings and instructions and the risks associated with unsafe sleep practices for infants. The lounger was not marketed as an infant sleep product and includes warnings against unsupervised use.”
All versions of the Boppy Newborn Lounger are being recalled. About 3.3 million loungers were sold from January 2004 through September, the company said. The product was sold at Pottery Barn Kids, Target, Walmart and Amazon. Boppy also sold about 35,000 in Canada.
Consumers should stop using the recalled loungers immediately and should contact the company for a refund, according to the CPSC. People should call 800-416-1355 or visit www.boppy.com and click “Recall & Safety Alert” for more information.
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