A company has recalled more than three million baby pillows after eight infant suffocation deaths have been reported in the past five years.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has ruled that newborn loungers, manufactured by the firm Boppy, are not safe for babies to sleep on.
The recalled products are the Loungersb, the Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers and the Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers.
The CPSC said the danger is that "infants can suffocate if they roll, move, or get on the lounger in a position that obstructs breathing, or if they roll off the lounger onto an external surface, such as an adult pillow or clothing." soft bedding that obstructs breathing".
The commission said the infant deaths, which were reported between December 2015 and June 2020, occurred after babies were placed on their backs, sides or stomachs on loungers.
Robert S. Adler, acting chairman of the safety committee, said in a statement: "These types of incidents are heartbreaking. Since we know that babies sleep most of the time, even in products not designed for sleep, And since suffocation can happen so quickly, these Boppy lounger products are simply too dangerous to remain on the market."
For its part, the company has also stated: "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 sleep practices for infants. The Lounger was not marketed as an infant sleep product and includes warnings against unsupervised use."