(RepublicanJournal.org) – Baby loungers seem like a great idea – they don’t take up a lot of space, they’re easy to move around the house, and they create a comfortable space where babies can sleep. There’s a problem, though — they can be dangerous. Now, lawmakers want to take action.
On July 14, two Democratic legislators, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), wrote to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In their letter, they cited an NBC News investigation into baby loungers, which highlighted the dangers of the popular products.
Investigators found that the CPSC had recalled three million Boppy cushioned loungers in 2021 after eight babies suffocated while sleeping on them. Then the agency called for a ban on all loungers, arguing that they were just as unsafe as the Boppy. However, the plan was scrapped. Baby loungers are still on the market — and babies are still dying.
Blumenthal and Schakowsky say the real death toll is at least 25 infants who either rolled over and suffocated when their faces were pressed into the cushioned surface, or got stuck in positions where they couldn’t breathe properly and asphyxiated. The CPSC plans to take action soon, either forcing manufacturers to put warning labels on the products or setting new safety standards that will ban the most dangerous designs. Blumenthal and Schakowsky are urging the agency to make this a priority; the CPSC, in turn, is praising the legislators for their support.
Since the Boppy recall, the CPSC has asked several other manufacturers to recall their products — and not all have cooperated. Leachco refused to recall its loungers despite two babies having died on them. The agency has also issued its own warnings against several brands. Right now, millions of babies are still sleeping on these loungers, but there’s no guarantee they’re safe.
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