The mandatory safety recall illustrates growing alarm from parents and regulators over the suffocation risks found in an expanding range of baby products.
The CPSC recently required all infant sleep products to meet federal safety standards by the middle of 2022, closing loopholes that permitted some potentially dangerous sleep surfaces to be sold.
Moreover, the agency is also taking a harder look at the safety of other baby products not designed for sleep — any place where a baby might fall asleep that is not a stiff, flat surface.
The Boppy newborn lounger, similar to the company’s popular nursing pillow, is not designed for babies to sleep in.
The lounger is described as “the perfect place for bab[ies] to hang out during awake time when you need a hands-free moment,” according to the company’s website. The company has warned parents about the potential dangers: “Boppy products are created for adult-supervised awake-time only.”
Yet that was not enough to avoid the problem, according to the CPSC.
Because infants sleep so much of the time and suffocation can happen so quickly, “these Boppy lounger products are simply too risky to remain on the market,” CPSC acting chairman Robert Adler said in a statement.
WARNING SIGNS AND RECALL EFFORTS
The CPSC has previously questioned the safety of infant nursing sleep surfaces. Last October, it issued a warning against allowing babies to sleep on nursing pillows, which indicated that the agency was investigating potential ties between infant deaths and the nursing products. The new CPSC recall notice for infant loungers included a statement from Boppy saying it was “devastated to hear of these tragedies. Boppy is committed to doing everything possible to safeguard babies, including communicating the safe use of our products to parents and caregivers,” the company’s statement explained.
A public database of product safety claims included several involving Boppy products. One such report, submitted in August, came from an unnamed state’s child fatality review team that found a 1-month-old baby died from suffocation associated with a Boppy nursing pillow.
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