Nap Nanny baby recliner implicated in five infant deaths

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2012-12-05 20:04

Baby recliners are popular accessories that can constrain an infant or small child; however, there is a downside. On December 5, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) filed an administrative complaint on Wednesday against a Baby Matters LLC (Berwyn, Pennsylvania) over baby recliners which the CPSC said were involved in five infant deaths.

In a statement, the CPSC said that it decided to lodge the complaint against the manufacturer of Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill recliners because the foam-rubber recliners have defects in “design, warnings, and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death to infants.”

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The complaint seeks an order from a federal administrative law court requiring that the firm notify the public of the defect and offer consumers a full refund. To date, four infants have died in Nap Nanny Generation Two recliners and a fifth death involved the Chill model. The CPSC noted that it also has more than 70 other reports of children nearly falling out of the recliners, The commission said it acted after talks with Baby Matters failed to come up with a voluntary recall plan that would adequately address the hazard posed by using the recliner in a crib or without the harness straps being securely fastened.

Under a July 2010 recall, Baby Matters offered an $80 coupon to Generation One owners toward the purchase of a newer model. The company also improved instructions and warnings for owners of the Generation Two. The recliners were priced at about $130. Between 2009 and early 20012, 5,000 Nap Nanny Generation One and 50,000 Generation Two models were sold. The CPSC noted that both models have been discontinued, the CPSC said. Since January 2011, 100,000 thousand Chill models have been sold.

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