The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC and The Boppy Company are warning people using Facebook Marketplace customers and other online retailers of the dangers of the baby pillows after 10 infants suffocated in them despite the product being recalled nearly two years ago.
The CPSC said on Wednesday that Boppy Newborn Loungers are no longer legally for sale, but it has found thousands of them on Facebook Marketplace since the 2021 recall began.
The agency wrote to Facebook parent Meta Platforms on Tuesday, saying it had made repeated requests to have recalled items taken down from Marketplace. It added that the Boppy loungers are a particularly egregious example of a product that puts consumers at risk.
Over the past year, the CPSC has asked Meta to remove listings for Boppy loungers about a thousand times per month on average, the letter said.
Meta can and should be doing much more to save lives, Trumka Jr. said.
Meta s online policy states that listings on Marketplace cannot promote or sell recalled products and encourages users to check current recalls before purchasing items. The company has said that Marketplace posts featuringrecalled products are removed when identified.
In 2021, the Boppy Company is recalled over 3 million of its baby loungers, after reports of eight infant deaths linked to the product in less than five years. The recall resulted in two more infant deaths, all linked to the product.
Our hearts hurt for anyone who has lost a child as moms, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Boppy continues to encourage consumers still in possession of a Newborn Lounger to participate in the recall. After publicly calling on Meta to remove market listings of Newborn Loungers, Boppy and the CPSC issued a reminder to consumers, online marketplaces, and secondhand retailers about that voluntary recall, a Boppy Company spokeswoman said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
Boppy also calls on customers to always follow AAP and CPSC guidelines for safe sleep practices, including that the best place for a baby to sleep is on baby s back on a firm, flat surface, free of any blankets, pillows, padded bumpers, or other items in the sleeping environment.
The CPSC said infants are at risk of suffocating if they roll, move, or are placed on a lounger in a position that obstructs breathing. They may suffocate by rolling off the lounger onto an external surface, such as an adult pillow or soft bedding that obstructs breathing, the agency said.
The loungers were available at a number of namesake retailers across the nation, including Pottery Barn Kids, Target, Walmart and online at Amazon since January 2004 but taken off the shelves in 2021. Since then, the dangerous product has made its way to Facebook Marketplace and other online second-hand retailers.