More than 3 million newborn loungers are being recalled due to a suffocation hazard that is linked to the deaths of eight infants, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
On Thursday, the Boppy Company announced that it was recalling its Original Newborn Loungers and Preferred Newborn loungers.
According to the CPSC, there have been eight infant deaths linked to the recalled loungers. Officials claim that the deaths occurred between December 2015 and June 2020.
According to officials, the infants died from suffocation after being placed on their stomachs, backs, or stomachs on the loungers. They were also found lying on their stomachs or side.
Boppy sold about 3.33 million of the recalled loungers, in a variety colors and styles, at various juvenile product and mass merchants across the U.S. as well online. These included Target, Pottery Barn Kids and Walmart, as well online at Amazon.com. Boppy also distributed approximately 35,000 loungers in Canada.
From Jan. 2004 to Sept. 2021, the loungers that were recalled were available for purchase at prices between $30 and $44. They measure approximately 23 inches long, 22 inch wide and 7 inch high.
The Boppy Company should be contacted immediately to request a refund. The company can be reached toll-free at 1-800-416-1355 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.boppy.com. On the website, click “Recall & Safety Alert” for more information.
The CPSC stresses that a baby should sleep on a flat, firm surface such as a crib, bassinet or in a play yard. The commission says parents and caregivers should never add blankets, pillows, padded crib bumpers, or other items to an infant’s sleeping environment. Babies should be able to rest on their backs.
“These types of incidents are heartbreaking,” said Acting CPSC Chairman Robert S. Adler. “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.”
“We are devastated to hear of these tragedies,” a spokesperson for Boppy commented. “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.”