Boppy Pillow Recall Attorneys in Boston
There have been at least eight reports of infant deaths related to a baby lounger manufactured by The Boppy Company.
If you or someone you know has a child who has been injured by a Boppy product or another baby lounger or pillow, Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers can help.
Compensation from a lawsuit can never make up for the devastating loss of one's child, but it can help you and your family move forward and avoid financial hardship. We know how difficult a lawsuit involving the loss of a child can be and pledge to do everything within our power to assist you and your family at this difficult time.
While Boppy may deny that it is to blame for your child's injury or wrongful death, our personal injury attorneys have the expertise and the resources to hold this multimillion-dollar company liable. We will fight to make sure you recover the compensation you deserve.
There are no fees until we win your case. This form of payment, a contingency fee arrangement, allows all individuals access to top-tier legal representation regardless of their financial situation.The Boppy Newborn Lounger Recall
In September 2021, Golden, Colorado-based Boppy Company recalled approximately 3.3 million of these baby loungers:
- Boppy Original Newborn Loungers
- Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers
- Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers
The Boppy Company sold the loungers at stores located throughout Massachusetts and the nation, including:
- Pottery Barn Kids
The company also sold the loungers online on Amazon.com.
The loungers were sold from January 2004 to September 2021 and retailed for $30 to $44. They came in various colors and designs and measured about 23 inches long by 22 inches wide and 7 inches high.
These Boppy loungers reportedly have been linked to eight infant deaths between 2015 and 2020. So that means Boppy Company knew or should have known of the danger associated with its loungers in 2015 but continued to sell the item without making any substantial changes and caused seven more deaths. And with more than three million Boppy Newborn Loungers sold, there may be more infant suffocation fatalities that have not been reported.8 Infant Deaths Linked to Boppy Pillows
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, eight infants suffocated after they were placed on their backs, sides, or stomachs on the loungers. Parents reported that they set their infants on the product in a safe position but said the children fell asleep and rolled into a position that obstructed their breathing.
The CPSC warns that infants can suffocate if they roll, move, or are placed on the lounger in a position that interferes with breathing. The agency also cautions that babies can roll off the lounger and onto another surface, including soft surfaces like pillows or bedding that can obstruct a baby's breathing.
"Loungers and pillow-like products are not safe for infant sleep, due to the risk of suffocation," acting CPSC chairman Robert Adler said in a statement about the recall. "Since we know that infants sleep so much of the time-even in products not intended for sleep-and since suffocation can happen so quickly, these Boppy lounger products are simply too risky to remain on the market," he said.
As per the CPSC, consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Boppy loungers. You can read the details about the recall here.
While the recall is a positive step in keeping infants safe, keep in mind that there are still hazardous baby lounger products on store shelves and inside homes.How Can Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers Help?
Our attorneys can file a product liability lawsuit against Boppy Company and any other responsible parties on your behalf. Product liability laws exist to shield innocent consumers from defective and dangerous products. A manufacturer that does not follow safety guidelines before placing a product on the market is liable for the consequences.
With a skilled attorney advocating for you and your family, you can rest easy knowing that your rights will be protected and that all negligent parties will be held accountable for any wrongdoing. Our law firm strongly believes that companies should pay the price for profit-focused mindsets that cause harm to innocent people.
You may be wondering whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against Boppy or another baby product manufacturer. Our law firm will provide you with a free consultation to review your case, explain your legal options, and answer your questions.
It is important to note that Boppy Company has not admitted liability and is likely to use its considerable resources to fight any lawsuits vigorously.
In a statement, Boppy said its loungers were "not marketed as an infant sleep product and includes warnings against unsupervised use." In addition, the company said it "is committed to doing everything possible to safeguard 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."
This is not the first time Boppy Company has issued a product recall. In 2019, the company recalled Boppy Infant Head and Neck Support Accessories due to a suffocation hazard. According to the recall, the product's head pillow support area had the potential to be overstuffed and tilt a child's head too far forward. In this "chin-to-chest" position, a child's airway can become blocked, and the child can suffocate. Parents used the accessories in tandem with various baby products such as swings, strollers, and bouncers.Safe Sleep for Infants
According to the CPSC, the best place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, flat surface inside a crib, bassinet, or play yard. The agency says parents and caregivers should never add blankets, pillows, or other items to a baby's sleep area and advises that babies always be placed on their backs for sleep.
Boston Children's Hospital says babies should sleep on their backs until they are one year old. The hospital says back sleeping greatly reduces the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome, or SUID.
As for the sleep environment, Boston Children's says cribs and other sleep areas should be empty. "Some brands of sleep equipment claim to reduce the likelihood of SUID; however, there is no evidence to support this claim," the hospital says.
Boston Children's suggests that parents refer to the CPSC's safety recommendations when selecting sleep equipment. You can read the hospital's guide to infant sleep here.
According to Massachusetts' official website, 30 to 40 babies die while sleeping each year. You can read the state's safe sleep information here.
To learn more about how our Boppy pillow recall attorneys can help with an injury or wrongful death claim, contact Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers today at (617) 777-7777 or by using our electronic form.