The Boppy Newborn Lounger was recalled in 2021. On June 6, 2023 regulators at the United States Consumer Product Safety Council again urged consumers to immediately stop using the product which has been banned from sale since the recall. The agency took the additional step of pressuring Facebook saying they have on average more than 1000 of the products listed there each month.
“We call on you to identify recalled and violative products and to prevent their listings by your users” the commissioners wrote in a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebooks parent company Meta. “By allowing such products to be posted, you are putting Facebook Marketplace users at risk.” The CPSA and The Boppy Company recalled 3.3 million of the products in September 2021 saying infants could suffocate while using them.
Safety advocates and the CPSC have urged Facebook for years to stop the sale of recalled products. It was only two months ago when the CPSC Chairman wrote the company about another even more deadly product being sold on the site. The Fischer-Price Rock n’ Play was recalled in April of 2019 and has been linked to more than 100 deaths including eight since the recall. The CPSC Chairman said the agency found nearly 4,000 of the inclined sleepers on resale sites over a 13-month period, mainly on Facebook Marketplace. Even though Facebook quickly removes flagged listings there is no way of knowing how many were missed before the ad was taken down.
Meta spokeswoman Ashley Settle acknowledged in a statement that, as with other resale sites there are instances of “People knowingly or unknowingly selling recalled goods on Marketplace”. She went on to say “We take this issue seriously and when we find listings that violate our rules, we remove them.” A 2021 USA TODAY investigation found deadly children’s recalled products regularly changed hands through Facebook Marketplace even though technology including photo and text recognition makes them relatively easy to find and remove. It should also be noted that it is illegal to sell any recalled product.
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