Nap Nanny recall: Out of business manufacturer stands by safety

2012-12-27 12:02
Nap Nanny recall: Is it justified? What parents need to know

Four major retailers have agreed to pull Nap Nanny recliners from their inventory following safety concerns. The recliners have led to 5 infant deaths and dozens of injuries that prompted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to file a complaint against Nap Nanny manufacturer after they failed to come up with a recall plan.

Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com and Toys R Us/Babies R Us have now agreed to pull the Nap Nanny, the CPSC reports.

Parents should know the recalls include the Nap Nanny Generations One and Two, and the Chill model infant recliners. But they also need to know how to use the products properly, according to the manufacturer.

The CPSC has been warning of the dangers of the foam recliner since 2010 when Baby Matters, LLC agreed to offer a discount coupon to Generation One owners toward the purchase of a newer model Nap Nanny that came with warnings and instructions for use.

The consumer group says at the time, they were not aware that one infant death had already occurred, in addition to 22 other injuries from falls and hanging, despite use of the 3-point safety harness.

Since 2010, the group has received 70 other reports of infant deaths or falls - one death is related to use of the Chill model.

"The CPSC is warning parents and caregivers that these baby recliners contain defects in the design, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death to infants", the group wrote in today's press release, despite the improvements claimed by Baby Matter, LLC who went out of business earlier this month.

The group urges parents to report incidents or injuries to infants from the Nap Nanny at SaferProducts.gov. Parents should contact the retailer where the product was purchased for specific instructions for return. You can also access the consumer group hotline at (800) 638-2772.

The consumer group has been responsible for a number of recalls that involve child safety. Last year, sport v2 and classic v1 model single-seat jogging strollers were targeted because of risk of lacerations and finger amputations when the strollers were folded.

Baby Matters, LLC continues to stand behind safety of the Nap Nanny, stating the CPSC complaints have forced them out of business. The manufacturer claims infant deaths occurred from improper use of the recliner, such as when used in the crib. In 2010, an infant died from becoming trapped between the recliner and the crib bumper. The child was harnessed. The manufacturer clearly states the product is only for use on the floor.

If you are a parent using one of the Nap Nanny Generation 2s, please watch a safety video that can be accessed here. or review manufacturer instructions

Sources:
CPSC
12/27/2012

Baby Matters, LLC

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Image credit: NapNanny.com

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