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Recall warning: Millions of baby pillows recalled after 8 infant deaths

Products get recalled all the time, but some recalled items are more dangerous than others. Tap or click here for three gadgets that got recalled due to a burn risk. Unfortunately, a new recall involves baby loungers that resulted in the deaths of eight infants.

The items were recalled for causing eight infants to suffocate over the span of five years. The babies were placed in the lounger on their back, side or stomach. As they moved about in the lounger, the infants rolled into different positions.   

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) explained that the loungers are just too risky to keep on the market in a recall notice. It added that loungers and pillow-like products are not safe for infant sleep. Keep reading for the tragic details.

Here’s the backstory

The loungers have been recalled as infants can suffocate if they roll or are placed on the lounger in a position that obstructs breathing. The recall notice says the infants could also suffocate if they roll out of the lounger onto soft bedding or a pillow.

The loungers have been relatively popular in the U.S., as around 3.3 million have been sold. Only 35,000 were sold in Canada. These were all sold in stores where infant products are available, like Pottery Barn Kids, Target, Walmart and online at Amazon.

The specific models recalled are:

  • Boppy Original Newborn Loungers
  • Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers
  • Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers

The products were sold from January 2004 through September 2021 for between $30 and $44.

What you can do about it

If you have any of the recalled models, you must immediately stop using them. You will be entitled to a refund and must contact The Boppy Company with your details. You can contact The Boppy Company toll-free at 800-416-1355 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or online at boppy.com.

CPSC urges parents to use any lounger safely and responsibly. It stressed that “the best place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, flat surface in a crib, bassinet, or play yard.”

Especially for infants, you should never add additional blankets, pillows or crib bumpers.

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