Popular baby recliners recalled after causing 5 infant deaths
Those popular foam rubber baby recliners may not be so popular now, as the infant recliners have been linked to five infant deaths and are now being recalled as part of a settlement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the U.S. agency announced on Friday, June 14, 2013.
The settlement requires the company Baby Matters LLC, headquartered in Pennsylvania, to recall its foam rubber Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill baby recliners and their covers. In exchange for recalling its products, the CPSC has agreed to drop an administrative complaint that the agency filed against the company in December of 2012.
According to the CPSC, four infants have died in the Nap Nanny Generation Two recliners. A fifth death has also been reported with the Chill model.
In addition to the reported deaths, the agency has also received 92 reports of infants hanging or falling over the side of the baby recliners – and some of those children were restrained in the recliner’s harness.
Accordingly, the CPSC urges other consumers to immediately dispose of the products to ensure that they are not used again. The agency also said that the company that makes them, Baby Matters LLC, was no longer in business and was not accepting returns.
Approximately 165,000 of the Nap Nanny and Chill products were sold between 2009 and 2012 for around $130. The recalled products were sold at toy and children's retail stores nationwide and online, including at www.napnanny.com.
In December of 2012, Nap Nanny and Chill products sold through Amazon.com Inc, Buy Buy Baby Inc, Diapers.com and Toys R Us/Babies R Us were voluntarily recalled by the stores. If you purchased a Nap Nanny product through any of those stores, the CPSC advises contacting the retailer directly about getting a refund.
"CPSC urges other consumers to immediately dispose of the products to ensure that they are not used again," the agency said in the statement it released on Friday.
According to a press release from the CPSC, the settlement resolves the agency’s allegations that the Nap Nanny and Chill products create a substantial product hazard. The agency alleged that the products contain a design defect, their use presents a risk of injury to infants, and the instructions and warnings are inadequate. Baby Matters disputed these allegations but has agreed to the recall in consideration for dismissal of the CPSC lawsuit.
SOURCE: Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), “Nap Nanny and Chill Infant Recliners Recalled by Baby Matters LLC After Five Infant Deaths; CPSC, Firm Settle Administrative Litigation”, Press Release Number: 13-216 (June 14, 2013)