More than three million Boppy pillows for baby loungers are recalled after eight children died of suffocation
- The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Thursday the recall of more than three million Boppy pillows for baby loungers
- It comes after eight babies were laid on their backs on the loungers and suffocated on their sides or stomach
- The recall includes Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers
- From January 2004 to September 2021, more than 3.3 million were sold in the United States and online, including 3,500 in Canada
- A company spokesperson said it was never intended for sleeping
- Boppy is now offering customers a refund
More than three million Boppy baby lounger pillows have been recalled after at least eight babies died of suffocation in their sleep.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of the Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers on Thursday.
From January 2004 to September 2021, more than 3.3 million were sold in the United States and online at stores such as Target, Walmart, Pottery Barn and Amazon.com.
An additional 3,500 were sold in Canada.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of the Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers
In its announcement, the agency stated that between December 2015 and June 2020, at least eight children were placed on their stomachs in these recliners and were found suffocating on their sides or stomachs.
“Incidents like this are heartbreaking,” said Robert S. Adler, the acting chairman of the CPSC.
“Because we know babies sleep so often — even in products that aren’t meant for sleeping — and because choking can occur so quickly, these Boppy recliner products are just too risky to stay on the market.”
A company spokesperson also said in a statement: “We are devastated to hear of these tragedies.
Boppy is committed to doing everything possible to protect babies, including communicating the safe use of products to parents and caregivers, and educating the public about the importance of following all warnings and instructions and the risks associated with unsafe sleeping practices for infants.”
He added that the sun loungers are not intended for infants to sleep and contain “warnings against unsupervised use”.
Agency warns babies not to add blankets, pillows, padded bumpers or other items to baby’s sleeping environment
The company confirmed it was conducting a voluntary recall and offering refunds to customers.
Anyone who has purchased the recliners can contact the company at (800) 416 – 1355 9am-5pm or request a refund online at www.boppy.com and click on the ‘Recall and Safety Alert’ tab.
The recall comes a year after the agency warned that “cushion-like baby products, including nursing pillows and reclining pillows, are not designed for sleeping and are not safe for sleeping.”
It noted that nearly 1,000 babies choke on their sleep every year and advised parents that “bald is best for a baby’s sleeping environment.”
“Don’t add blankets, pillows, padded bumpers or other items to the baby’s sleeping environment.”