The Boppy Company is recalling all of the Newborn Loungerrs that they sold because of concerns that they can kill infants while they sleep. This specific type of Boppy pillow has already caused the death of 8 babies.
Pillows, or any consumer product, intended for use by babies and children require some of the most stringent safety requirements due to the fact that children are so vulnerable and can easily harm themselves doing the simplest of tasks. There is no room for error when it comes to putting these products on the market since even the slightest defect in terms of design, manufacture, or labeling can cause severe injury.
In the case of the Boppy Company, their specific line of newborn loungers have presented a major risk to sleeping babies. So far, 8 babies have died of suffocation due to their product, with the first death occurring in 2015. Currently, there is a recall issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for over three million newborn lounger products.
Sibley Dolman Gipe Product Liability Lawyers
Nobody should have to experience the loss of a child due to something as preventable as a dangerous baby product. The Boppy Company received reports of issues with their newborn loungers as far back as 2015 and failed to take necessary action to remove the product from the market. This negligence regarding their product’s safety has since led to several fatalities. Sibley Dolman Gipe specializes in cases involving dangerous products that harm children. We can assist you with taking legal action against those whose negligence enabled dangerous products to make it, and stay in, stores and harm your child.
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The Boppy Newborn Lounger Pillow Recall
The Colorado-based Boppy Company is a maker of a variety of baby products including nursing pillows and baby carriers.
Recently, they issued a recall for a specific type of product they make a Newborn Lounger. The recall specifically includes the:
- Boppy Original Newborn Lounger
- Preferred Newborn Lounger
- Pottery Barn Kids Newborn Lounger
These products were sold from January 2004 to September 2021 when they were finally recalled.
There have been around 3.3 million of these Boppy newborn loungers sold at a number of retailers across the country including Pottery Barn Kids, Target, Walmart, and online at Amazon.com.
Boppy finally issued a voluntary recall for the newborn loungers after 8 deaths were caused by the products over six years. The recall describes the danger of the newborn loungers being based on the hazard they pose to sleeping infants that can be forced into a position that restricts their breathing by the overstuffed cushions.
Why is the Boppy Newborn Lounger so Dangerous
It goes without saying that if there is a way for a small child to harm themselves by accident then they will find it. This necessitates the removal of any and all potential vectors of harm from an infant’s space like choking hazards, sharp edges, toxic substances, etc. This also rings true for a baby’s sleeping environment. The newborn lounger can create a very dangerous situation for infants should they fall asleep on the product.
While pillows are a normal part of sleep for most of us, infants require a firm flat surface free of loose bedding, restraints, and cushions like pillows to sleep on. Pillows provide a comfortable cushion for most people but infants can end up in dangerous positions where their face is pressed against the cushion or they are oriented in some other way which can cause them to suffocate. The Boppy Company’s newborn lounger can create a similar situation with its cushions and harm a child.
The Boppy Newborn Lounger and Intended Use
Boppy has stated that their newborn loungers are not intended to be used as a sleeping device for infants and they include warnings about the dangers of unsupervised use. However, it’s well known that infants fall asleep often, and the presence of pillows or cushions like the Boppy newborn lounger presents an unnecessary risk for harm to a child. Products like this should never be utilized regardless of whether they are intended for sleep or not.
How Can Sibley Dolman Gipe Help?
Consumers have rights and product liability laws exist so that those harmed by the negligence of defective products can hold the liable parties responsible. Product liability lawsuits seek compensation from designers, manufacturers, distributors, and other at-fault parties for defective products when they end up harming consumers. This can be due to defective design, manufacturing defects, or issues regarding the product’s safety labeling.
The lawyers of Sibley Dolman Gipe have been assisting those harmed by defective products for over a decade with taking legal action against negligent companies. Businesses like the Boppy Company try to claim that they are not at fault for the harm their products cause which is why seeking the assistance of an experienced product liability lawyer is essential in order to ensure your rights are respected. Our lawyers can work closely with you to make sure you are not taken advantage of and can provide invaluable insight and resources essential for building a product liability case.
Why file a Product Liability Lawsuit?
Sibley Dolman Gipe understands the sensitivity of these cases and how no lawsuit can hope to mend the wounds caused by the loss of a child. However, a lawsuit can provide a reprieve from the financial burdens the loss of a loved one can entail as well as help provide closure by making sure the parties that let this happen face consequences for their actions.
Consider Contacting Sibley Dolman Gipe About Your Boppy Newborn Lounger Case
The Boppy Company introduced a product to the market that created an unnecessary risk to infants, and despite being aware of their product causing deaths as far back as 2015, they neglected to take action.
The Boppy Company and others may be liable for damages you have suffered as a result of an injury caused by their newborn lounger products. If you or a loved one lost a child because of the Boppy pillow, or your infant was injured due to the use of these products, then do not hesitate to contact Sibley Dolman Gipe to schedule a free consultation for your case.