“Recalled Newborn Loungers: A Deadly Threat to Infants’ Lives Demands Urgent Action”
Two additional deaths have been linked to recalled newborn loungers, according to the Consumer Public Safety Commission. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and The Boppy Company are advising consumers to discontinue the use of the recalled newborn loungers.
In September 2021, the Boppy Original newborn loungers, Boppy newborn loungers, and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy newborn loungers were recalled due to the risk of infants suffocating. These products have been prohibited from being sold since the recall took place.
Despite the recall, these products have been available for purchase on Facebook and various other online marketplaces.
Both the CPSC and Boppy have made multiple requests to Facebook and other online marketplaces, urging them to remove all sales of the recalled products. It is illegal to sell a CPSC-recalled product online or to sell or donate a recalled product in any way.
In the aftermath of the September 2021 recall, two additional infants lost their lives in newborn loungers due to unsafe sleep conditions. The risk is heightened as infants can suffocate if they roll, move, or are positioned on the lounger in a way that obstructs their breathing.
One of the deaths occurred in October 2021 when an infant was placed on the lounger and subsequently rolled under a nearby adult pillow, resulting in positional asphyxia.
In November 2021, a second infant was found deceased on a newborn lounger placed in an adult bed along with a parent and bedding. The cause of death remains undetermined.
CPSC and Boppy strongly encourage consumers to participate in the recall.
Consumers can reach out to The Boppy Company via its website Boppy.com, and click “Product Recalls” for contact information.
The CPSC continues to stress that the only place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, flat surface inside of a bassinet, crib, or play yard. Caregivers and Parents should never add pillows, blankets, padded crib bumpers, or other things to a newborn’s sleeping environment. Moreover, the CPSC recommends that “babies should always be placed to sleep on their backs.”
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