Any parent knows that raising children is a special, rewarding adventure. But it’s also a monumental responsibility and at times can prove exhausting. The sleepless nights, learning your baby’s needs, and the list of dos and don’ts about how to raise a newborn can induce anxiety for anyone adding a little one to the household.
One thing all parents should understand is the importance of prioritizing safety, especially when it comes to potentially dangerous or hazardous baby products like the Bobby Lounger.
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In September, The Boppy Company announced it was recalling 3.3 million of its popular Original, Preferred, and Pottery Barn Kids Newborn Loungers following eight infant deaths between December 2015 and June 2020. The product contains warnings to always provide supervision while in use and to never let infants sleep in the loungers. The deaths occurred when babies who were placed in the lounger face up, on their sides, or on their stomach were later found suffocated on their sides or stomachs. If your child has been injured, contact a Boppy Lounger recall lawyer at Cory Watson here.
Previous Baby Product Recalls
Unfortunately, the Boppy Infant Loungers recall is not the only baby product that has been recalled in recent years. Parents might remember the following recalls:
- Fisher-Price recalled 4.7M of its Rock N’ Play Sleepers in 2019 due to suffocation risks causing 30 infant deaths.
- Fisher-Price again recalled 71,000 of its Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yard with inclined sleepers in 2019 due to the similar suffocation risks associated with inclined sleepers.
- Graco recalled 5M of its strollers due to finger injury and amputation risks caused reported injuries to 11 babies.
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The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) is a U.S. based agency responsible for working with companies to determine whether recalls should be issued after reviewing consumer complaints into potentially hazardous products. Since the start of 2021, the CPSC has already announced several recalls of baby products due to numerous reports of serious injuries or deaths. Here are some that every parent should know about:
- Diono Cambria 2 Booster Seats Recall: recalled nearly 7,000 units in the U.S. in March 2021 due to cracks that can form between the headrest and backrest in the event of a car wreck.
- Playgro Infant Activity Rattles Recall: recalled 18,000 units in the U.S. in April 2021 due to choking hazard caused by bead dislodgement risk.
- Target Cat & Jack Rompers Recall: more than 44,000 units recalled in the U.S. in April 2021 due to choking hazard caused by detachable parts.
- RH Animal Heathered Plush & Luxe Sherpa Recall: 55,000 units recalled in the U.S. in April 2021 due to flammability risks.
- BATTOP Foldable Infant Bath Seats Recall: 5,000 units recalled in the U.S. in April 2021 due to drowning hazard if babies are able to tip product over.
- Ergobaby METROUS 1, METROUS 2, and METROUS 4 Compact City Strollers Recall: 2,800 units recalled in the U.S. in May 2021 due to detachable button causing choking hazard.
- TJX Infant Sleeping Bags Recall: 3,600 units recalled in the U.S. in May 2021 due to suffocation risk caused by large neck opening.
- Fisher Price 4-in-1 Rock N’ Glide Soothers and 2-in-1 Soothe N’ Play Gliders Recall: 175,000 units recalled in the U.S. in June 2021 due to suffocation risk when unrestrained infants placed in the product face up where able to roll onto stomach.
A full list of products accessible to children, and not just dedicated children’s products, that have been recalled due to safety risks can be found here.
How to Keep Your Children Safe
News about these recalls have surprised many parents who were otherwise satisfied consumers, leaving many wondering how to best keep their little ones safe. Here are a few tips:
1. Most importantly, review the American Academy of Pediatrics website at www.aap.org for safety guidelines and best practices for parents and families.
2. Always supervise your infants when using any product to ensure that you catch any potential safety risks before they pose hazards.
3. Regularly review www.safekids.org/product-recalls to ensure you are staying up-to-date regarding recent product manufacturer recalls so that you do not buy potentially dangerous items or bring them into your home.
4. Lastly, whenever you purchase or receive a new baby product, fill out the product registration card and return it to the manufacturer so that you are alerted directly in the event of a recall.
Also, if you notice any safety risks or if your child is injured or killed due to hazards associated with product use, report it to the manufacturer and contact a consumer protection attorney immediately.
If a product is recalled, contact a class action lawsuit attorney at Cory Watson.
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