The tragic deaths of eight infants prompted the recall of 3.3 million Boppy pillows, news outlets have reported. The recall impacts Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers, and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers. These pillows can pose personal injury risks to babies and should no longer be used by parents and caregivers.
The eight incidents that led to the infants’ deaths happened between December 2015 and June 2020.
According to Boppy Co., the maker of a series of infant products, infants suffocated while on the loungers after being placed on their back, side, or stomach.
Items listed under this recall were sold by Amazon, Target, Walmart, Pottery Barn Kids, and other retailers between January 2004 and September 2021 in the United States and Canada. While the company said that the loungers were never “marketed as an infant sleep product,” the firm is “devastated to hear of these tragedies.”
In order to help prevent further loss of life, Boppy stated that it is dedicated to “doing everything possible to safeguard babies.”
While the loungers were sold with warnings against unsupervised use, accidents still can happen. To help prevent future issues, parents are being urged to completely stop using the loungers immediately. Boppy wants parents and owners of all recalled loungers to reach out to the firm for a full refund.
Infant Safety: Preventing Personal Injury
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) chairman, products such as infant pillows can pose risks because suffocation involving an infant can happen very quickly.
In order to prevent personal injury involving an infant, the CPSC is reminding parents that “the best place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, flat surface, in a crib, bassinet, or play yard.”
Adding unnecessary items to the sleeping area can contribute to suffocation. These items include blankets, padded crib bumpers, pillows, plush toys, and others. Keeping your baby’s sleep environment safe from potentially hazardous items will help prevent serious and even deadly personal injury.
For more on this recall and what the CPSC is saying about infant loungers and other baby products’ safety, follow this link.