Three Million Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers Recalled After Eight Infants Died
The Boppy Company is recalling 3.3 million Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers and Pottery Barn Kids Target Loungers after the company received at least 8 reports of infant deaths associated with the products.
The babies suffocated after being placed on their back, side or stomach in the Boppy lounger and were found on their side or on their stomach, the Boppy Company said. The infant deaths occurred between December 2015 and June 2020.
“These types of incidents are heartbreaking,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Robert S. Adler. “Loungers and pillow-like products are not safe for infant sleep, due to the risk of suffocation. Since we know that infants sleep so much of the time – even in products not intended for sleep – and since the suffocation hazard can happen so quickly, these Boppy lounger products are simply too risky to remain on the market.”
This recall involves all Boppy Newborn Loungers. The loungers were sold in a variety of colors and fashions and measure about 23 inches long by 22 inches wide and 7 inches high.
Affected Boppy loungers were sold at juvenile product stores and mass merchandisers nationwide and online, including Pottery Barn Kids, Target, and Walmart and online at Amazon.com. The loungers were sold from January 2004 through September 2021 for between $30 and $44.
If you purchased a Boppy Lounger that is affected by this recall, you should stop using it immediately and contact The Boppy Company for a full refund.
The Boppy Loungers Recall (1.) began on September 23, 2021.
Boppy Infant Head & Neck Support Accessory Recalled Due to Suffocation Risk
In July 2019, The Boppy Company recalled about 14,000 Boppy Infant Head and Neck Support Accessories (2.) after the company received at least 3 reports of babies’ heads being pushed forward chin to chest by the product.
According to the recall notice, the head pillow support area of the Boppy Newborn Lounger System can be overstuffed, causing the child's head to be tilted too far forward, posing a suffocation hazard.
The recall involves Original Newborn Loungers Boppy Head and Neck supports sold in Ebony Floral and Heathered Gray colors, with model numbers 4150114 and 4150117. The model number can be found on the fabric label on the head support. The device can also be used as an accessory in swings, bouncers and strollers, CPSC said.
The Boppy system is sold at Target, Buy Buy Baby, Amazon and other major children’s retailers and furniture stores. If you purchased a head and neck supporter that is affected by the recall, you should contact Boppy Products for information about how to obtain a refund.
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CPSC Bans Inclined Sleepers With New Safety Standards
In June 2021, the CPSC announced a major new federal safety standard that will effectively ban inclined sleepers from the marketplace (3.), including all types of inclined bassinets, rockers, gliders, and swings.
The new standards will ban many inclined sleepers that were not voluntarily recalled. Here are a few examples, according to Consumer Reports (4.):
- Evenflo Pillo Portable Napper
- Hiccapop DayDreamer
- Baby Delight Go With Me – Sway Portable Infant Rocker
- Baby Delight Nestle Nook Comfort – Plush Infant Napper
- SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleeper (made by Sumr Brands)
- Chicco Lullaby Dream Playard’s inclined napper insert
Boppy Lounger Refund Information
The Boppy Company is offering a refund for the recalled pillow lounger. In order to obtain a refund, consumers must take the following steps:
- Fill out a form on the Boppy Lounger recall website
- Provide the UPC or Item Number, along with the Date Code of the product
- Provide a copy of the receipt if possible
- Cut the Boppy pillow in half and provide a picture to the company by text, email, or mail.
Other Infant Sleeper Recalls
- Beautyrest Beginnings Incline Sleeper with Adjustable Pillow-Like Products for Newborns
- Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Incline Sleeper with Adjustable Feeding Position for Newborns
- Delta Children Deluxe 3-in-1 Activity Rocker, Feeder and Sleeper
- Simmons Kids Beautyrest Deluxe 3-in-1 Activity Rocker, Feeder, and Sleeper
- 3-in-1 Activity Rocker, Feeder and Incline Sleeper
- Graco Little Lounger Rocking Seats
- SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleepers
- Evenflo Pillo Portable Nappers
- Fisher Price Rock-n-Play Sleepers
- Kids II Infant Sleepers
Consumers who have purchased any of the above sleepers should stop using them immediately and contact the individual companies for a refund or voucher.
How Did Pediatricians Respond to the Recalls?
Pediatricians have long been critics of inclined sleepers, warning parents and the public about the suffocation risks of the product. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a strongly worded rebuke to the initial April 2019 CPSC alert, cautioning that it did not go far enough and urging the agency to begin an immediate recall of the product based on the Consumer Reports study and the AAP’s advice on sleep positioning.
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