The Boppy Company has recalled more than three million newborn lounge chairs after the product was linked to eight infant deaths from suffocation.
The infant deaths occurred between December 2015 and June 2020, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.
The newborns are said to have suffocated “after being placed on their back, side or stomach on the lounge chair and were found on their side or stomach”.
Approximately 3.3 million Boppy lounge chairs have been recalled in the United States, along with 35,000 others in Canada. The exact products in question are the Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers, and the Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers.
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“We are devastated to hear about these tragedies,” a spokesperson for Boppy said in a statement Thursday. “Boppy is committed to doing everything possible to protect 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 sleeping practices for infants. “
The spokesperson added that the product was “not marketed as an infant sleep product and included warnings against unsupervised use.”
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Anyone who owns these products is encouraged to stop using the recalled lounge chairs and contact the company for a refund.
Along with the recall, the CPSC issued a warning regarding safe sleep for infants.
“The CPSC continues to emphasize that the best place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, level surface in a crib, cradle or playground,” the agency wrote. “Parents and caregivers should never add blankets, pillows, padded bumpers or other items to an infant’s sleeping environment. Babies should always be placed to sleep on their backs. “