Boppy Co. is recalling nearly 3.3 million of their newborn loungers, which have been linked to the death of eight babies. The company is the maker of an array of infant carriers and nursing pillows.
The U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission recalled products which include Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers. The infants reportedly suffocated after being placed in a lounger on either their back, side or stomach.
According to CPSC, eight deaths were reported between December 2015 and June 2020. A spokesman for the nursing pillows maker said that they are devastated to hear of these tragedies. The company said they are looking into the problem and they prioritise the safety of infants. They are also taking steps to educate parents on the importance of warnings and instructions associated with unsafe sleep practices for infants.
Boppy Co noted that the lounger was not marketed as an infant sleep product and includes warnings against unsupervised use. The products, which measure about 23 inches by 22 inches and 7 inches high, were sold from January 2004 to September 2021.The product costs $30 to $44 and it was sold at retailers across the U.S. including Pottery Barn Kids, Target, and Walmart and online at Amazon.com. Boppy Co also distributed about 35,000 loungers in Canada.