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CPSC, Boston Billows Inc. Announce Recall of Nursing Pillows

Note: A December 19, 2008 decision (pdf) by the Commission to exempt this product has superseded this recall action. As a result, this recall action is no longer in effect.

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Recall Date:
September 01, 2004

Recall Details

September 1, 2004
Release # 04-205
Firm's Hotline: : (877) 274-4606 


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Boston Billows Nursing Pillows

Units: About 8,000

Manufacturer: Boston Billows Inc., of Nashua, N.H.

Hazard: If infants are placed on these pillows and left unattended, there is a risk of suffocation. Infant pillows and cushions are banned under the Federal law. Infant pillows have a flexible fabric covering, are loosely filled with plastic beads, easily flattened, intended for use by infants under 1 year old, and capable of conforming to the body or face of an infant.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The "C"-shaped pillows are about 36-inches long, 10-inches wide and 5-inches deep. There is a 100 percent cotton hypoallergenic cover of various colors and prints over the white pillow. The outer cover is removable. The whole pillow is washable. The fabric tag on the pillow reads, "Boston Billows, Inc."

Sold at: Hospitals and independent specialty stores from February 2000 through December 2003 for between $34 and $38.

Manufactured in: U.S.A. Materials of U.S.A. and Philippines origins.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these pillows immediately and contact the firm for information on receiving a refund.

Consumer Contact: Consumers can contact the Boston Billows Inc. at (877) 274-4606 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
Picture of Recalled Pillows
Picture of Recalled Pillows

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