Five infant deaths lead to recall of Nap Nanny baby recliners

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by Eric Pearson

Following five infant deaths and dozens of injuries or falls, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that the manufacturer of the popular Nap Nanny baby recliner has agreed to halt sales of the product as part of a settlement with government. The CPSC is warning parents that continued use of the products will put infants at significant risk of injury and death.

According to the CPSC, the government has received numerous reports since 2009 involving the Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill products. There were 92 reports of infants hanging off or falling over the side of the products, including some babies who were restrained in the products’ harness, according to a statement by the CPSC.

The Nap Nanny recliner was designed for sleeping, resting and playing, and included a shaped foam base with an inclined indentation for the baby to sit, and a fitted fabric cover with a three-point harness. The product was defectively designed and its instructions and warnings were inadequate, according to the CPSC.

The agreement to settle the case comes mores than six months after the government initially demanded a recall. As part of the settlement, the company agreed to keep the website NapNanny.com online for five years, warning parents about the recliners.

Back in July 2010, Baby Matters and the commission issued a joint recall for the company’s Nap Nanny Generation One recliner. There had been one death and 22 reports of infants hanging or falling over the side of the Nap Nanny regardless of whether parents used the harness as instructed, the commission said. Despite design improvements to the recliner, and warnings and instructions added to the company’s Generation Two model and Nap Nanny Chill recliner, there have been four more fatalities, the commission said.

About 165,000 of the Nap Nanny and Chill products were sold between 2009 and 2012 for about $130. The recalled products were sold at toy and children’s retail stores nationwide and online, including at www.napnanny.com. CPSC is urging consumers to immediately stop use of all Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill recliners.

As noted, Baby Matters LLC is no longer in business and is not accepting returns. In December 2012, four major retailers—Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com, and Toys R Us/Babies R Us—announced a voluntary recall of Nap Nanny and Chill models sold in their stores. Consumers who purchased a Nap Nanny from one of these retailers should contact the retailer for instructions on how to obtain a refund for the product.

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