8 Infant Deaths Force Recall Of 3.3M Boppy Baby Loungers

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Following the death of eight infants, The Boppy Company has recalled over 3.3 million of its Boppy Newborn Loungers due to a suffocation hazard and is offering a refund for the product.

The recall affects its Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers, and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers.

The recall is being issued because infants can “suffocate if they roll, move, or are placed on the lounger in a position that obstructs breathing,” the Consumer Product Safety Commission said in its notice about the recall. Infants can also roll off the lounger onto a surface that could obstruct their breathing, such as a pillow or bed, it said.

Over 3.3 million of the loungers are affected by the recall in the U.S. and 35,000 in Canada. The loungers were sold in a variety of colors and fashions. They measure about 23 inches long by 22 inches wide by 7 inches high.

The Boppy loungers were sold nationwide and online in stores that include Pottery Barn Kids, Target, Walmart, and online at Amazon from January 2004 to September 2021. The cost of the infant pillows ranged from $30 to $44.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled loungers and contact The Boppy Company for a refund at 1-800-416-1355, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET or visit its website at www.boppy.com and click “Recall & Safety Alert” for more information.

Eight infant deaths have been linked to the Boppy Company Newborn Lounger after the babies were placed on their back, side, or stomach in the lounger and then were found on their side or stomach. The infants died from December 2015 to June 2020.

“These types of incidents are heartbreaking,” Consumer Product Safety Commission Acting Chairman Robert S. Adler, said in a 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.”

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds parents that the best place for infants to sleep is on a firm, flat surface in a crib, bassinet, or play yard, without blankets, pillows, or padded crib bumpers, or other items added to their sleeping environment, adding that babies should always be placed on their backs.


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