According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), eight infants suffocated to death after being placed on their backs, sides, or stomachs on infant lounger pillows manufactured by the Boppy Company. Though the tragic deaths occurred from 2015 to 2020, the company and consumer protection agency only lodged the recall this month. All in all, the recall involves 3.3 million infant loungers that juvenile product stores and mass merchandisers have been selling nationwide and online to consumers since January 2004.
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) official stance on certain infant sleep products, such as inclined sleepers and other sleep positioning items (like Boppy’s loungers), is that they are unsafe to use. This is because these products can cause a baby to suffocate when they roll onto their side or stomach. 3,400 children die unexpectedly in their sleep each year; some of the most common causes for these deaths are accidental suffocation and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
The recall includes three different infant lounger models: the Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers. The CPSC’s Acting Chairman issued a statement on the recall, calling the products “too risky to remain on the market” due to the severe suffocation risks that they pose. Retailers sold the now-recalled loungers for $30 to $44 in a variety of different colors and styles. The loungers measure approximately 23 inches long by 22 inches wide and 7 inches high.
If you purchased one of the recalled Boppy infant loungers, you should immediately stop using it and contact the company for a full refund. The AAP and CPSC also emphasize that the safest sleep environment for an infant is on flat and firm surfaces, by themselves, without bumpers, pillows, soft bedding, or stuffed toys. The organizations are also urging parents and caregivers to forego purchasing products like these for their young loved ones altogether.
Learn more about the recall here.
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