Boppy Recalls 3.3. Millions of baby pillows after the death of 8 infants
Bopi, a company that makes infant carriers and nursing pillows, remembers about 3.3 million rests in their newborn restrooms, which have been linked to the deaths of eight babies.
According to the U.S. Consumer Products and Safety Commission, recalled products include Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers.
Infants are known to suffocate after being placed in a lounger on their back, side, or abdomen. Eight deaths were reported between December 2015 and June 2020, according to the CPSC.
In a memo issued by the CPSC, Boppi’s spokesperson said, “We are devastated to hear of this tragedy.”
Bappi said in a statement that he was dedicated to “doing everything possible to protect babies”, including educating parents about the importance of warnings and suggestions related to unsafe sleep practices for young children.
The company noted that the lounger “was not sold as an infant sleep product and included warnings against supervised use.”
“These kinds of incidents are heartbreaking,” CPSC executive chairman Robert S. Adler said in a statement. “Suffocation can happen so quickly, so these bopi lounger products are too risky to stay on the market.”
The loungers sold in the store from January 2004 to September 2021 were sold by retailers in the US and Canada, including Amazon, Pottery Barn Kids, Target and Walmart.
Parents should stop using loungers immediately and contact Bopi for a full refund, the CPSC said.