The Boppy Company has recalled an estimated 3.3 million infant loungers after they were linked to the deaths of eight babies.
The Boppy Lounger
The Boppy lounger is a U-shaped cushion designed to nestle and support infants who are not sitting up on their own yet. While the lounger can soothe a baby and give a caregiver a break from holding the baby, they are not risk-free. In a September social media post, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Boppy Loungers had been tied to at least eight deaths, all of which occurred between December 2015 and June 2020.
Boppy Lounger-Related Deaths
At least eight children have died from suffocation after being placed in the recalled Boppy Loungers. They were all placed on their back, side, or stomach and later found by their parents on their side or stomach.
“Infants can suffocate if they roll, move, or are placed on the lounger in a position that obstructs breathing, or roll off the lounger onto an external surface,” the CPSC wrote in its recall notification. The CPSC has since warned parents to avoid using lounger-type products, recommending that babies be allowed to rest only on “firm, flat surfaces,” such as that in a crib, bassinet, or play yard.
The Boppy Lounger Recall
The CPSC’s recall notice affects three different Boppy products:
- Boppy Original Newborn Loungers
- Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers
- Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has urged parents to stop using affected Boppy products immediately.
What to Do If You Own a Boppy Lounger
The Boppy Company is offering parents refunds if they own any of the three recalled products. In order to receive their money back, consumers have to take the following steps:
- Visit the Boppy Pillow Lounger recall website and fill out the form
- Provide your lounger’s Item Number, or UPC, along with its Date Code
- Upload a copy of the receipt, if the receipt is available
- Cut the Boppy Lounger in half, and then send a picture of the destroyed product to the Boppy Company by text, email, or post
What to Do If Your Child Was Hurt by a Boppy Lounger
At least eight children died after being placed in Boppy Loungers; others may have been injured, whether by falling or through partial suffocation.
If your child was killed or injured due to the Boppy Lounger’s unsafe design, you might be eligible to sue the company for damages. The Boppy Company will not voluntarily compensate you for your losses. Instead, in order to pursue a claim against the Boppy Company, you should contact a licensed attorney with trial experience.
The Case Barnett Law Corporation can help you file a personal injury complaint. You may be able to recover damages for:
- Hospital bills
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of companionship
While no amount of money can replace your child’s life or your sense of trust and security, a personal injury action can help you recover financially. It also sends a powerful message to companies that design and sell unsafe products. Oftentimes, personal injury settlements are not just financial: they may contain new policy provisions, ensuring that nobody else has to suffer the consequences of an unsafe product.
Deciding Whether You Can Afford an Attorney
If your child was hurt by a Boppy Lounger, you likely have already considered taking action against the company, but you may not be sure if you can afford to hire an experienced attorney. This is a fair concern: everyone knows that lawyers charge a lot of money.
But personal injury law is different. Most personal injury attorneys do not charge any up-front fees. Instead, they charge what is called a contingency fee. Your contingency fee will be paid through your final settlement—you will never, at any point, be expected to pay your attorney out of pocket. If you do not win your case, we do not get paid.
The Importance of Contacting an Attorney Immediately
If you or a loved one’s child was hurt—or worse—by a Boppy Company lounger, you deserve the best representation to expedite your financial recovery and to help make sure that no other parent has to suffer the loss of an infant child. However, you have a limited amount of time to file a legal action—known as the statute of limitations. If you wait too long to contact a lawyer, you may not be able to receive any compensation for your loss, even if you have an open-and-shut case. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation and explore your available options.