Federal authorities urge consumers to stop using recalled Boppy child seats after several deaths

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The US Consumer Product Safety Commission on Tuesday urged parents and caregivers to stop using Boppy Newborn Loungers – a pillow for infants – after two more infants died after the agency issued a mass recall of the product in 2021[ads1].

The recalled products made by The Boppy Company in Golden, Colorado, include Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers.

More than 3 million Newborn Loungers were recalled in September 2021 after eight infants died as a result of using the product. The deaths occurred between December 2015 and June 2020.

The CPSC warned at the time that the sunbeds posed a risk of suffocation if infants rolled, moved, or were placed on the sunbed in a position that impeded breathing, or if the infant rolled off the sunbed onto an external surface, such as an adult pillow.

Following the recall, another infant suffocated in October 2021 after being put on the sun lounger to sleep and then rolled under a nearby adult pillow. Another infant, who was placed on a Newborn Lounger in an adult bed with a parent and soft bedding, was later found dead on the sunbed in November of that year. The cause of death has not been determined, the agency said.

The CPSC said the Newborn beds have not been legal for sale since they were recalled. Since then, however, the agency and Boppy have sent numerous requests to Facebook Marketplace and other online marketplaces to remove the recalled products that are still listed for sale on their sites.

The agency said it is illegal for recalled products to be listed for sale on an online marketplace or to sell or donate a recalled product in any other way. Consumers should stop using the recalled Newborn beds can contact The Boppy Company for instructions on how to dispose of the product and receive a refund.

The agency recommended that the best place for an infant to sleep is on a firm, flat surface in a crib, crib or playpen. It said parents and caregivers should not place blankets, pillows, padded crib bumpers or other objects near a sleeping infant and that infants should always be put to sleep on their backs.

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