Sep 23, 2021 - Economy

Boppy infant loungers recalled after 8 infant deaths

A baby's feet in a crib.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Boppy Company are recalling over 3 million baby loungers after reports of eight infant deaths.

The big picture: The infants' deaths, which occurred between December 2015 and June 2020 according to the CPSC, were linked to three newborn lounger models. The infants reportedly suffocated after being placed on their back, side or stomach on the lounger and were found on their side or on their stomach.

  • “These types of incidents are heartbreaking,” said Acting Chairman Robert S. Adler. “Loungers and pillow-like products are not safe for infant sleep, due to the risk of suffocation."

Details: The Boppy Company sold roughly 3.3 million loungers between January 2004 and September 2021 at Pottery Barn Kids, Target, Walmart and Amazon.

  • A company spokesperson said that the lounger was "not marketed as an infant sleep product and includes warnings against unsupervised use."
  • The Boppy Company is offering refunds for customers with any of the recalled loungers.
  • “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 spokesperson added.
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