On September 23, The Bobby Pillow Lawyer all of its newborn cushions: bobby Original Newborn Loungers, Bobby Pillow Lawyer Loungers, and Pottery Barn Kids bobby Newborn Loungers. About 3.3 million lounger pads were affected by the recall, plus another 35,000 in Canada.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), eight reported infant deaths were linked to these products between December 2015 and June 2020. The infants were put placed on the lounger on their side, back, or stomach. Later, they were found suffocated on their stomach or side.
“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, such as an adult pillow or soft bedding that obstructs breathing,” says a recall notice from the CSPC.
“These types of incidents are heartbreaking,” said Robert S. Adler, acting chairman of the CPSC. “Loungers and pillow-like products are not safe for infant sleep, due to the risk of suffocation. 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 bobby lounger products are simply too risky to remain on the market.”