On Thursday, it was announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission that four national retail companies have agreed to recall over 150,000 Nap Nanny baby recliners in the wake of five infant deaths and dozens of children falling out of the recliners, according to NBC News.
Nap Nanny Generations One and Two are covered by the recall along with the Chill model infant recliners. The products were sold from the years of 2009 to 2012. The product was supposed to have a design similar to the curves found on a baby’s car seat. The Nap Nanny would elevate the baby to aid in the reduction of reflux, stuffiness, gas and other issues.
Parents and other baby caregivers were warned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission that the product has defects in its design, instructions and warnings. The agency noted that there is a substantial risk of death to infants and injury.
The retailers involved in the recall include Buy Buy Baby, Amazon.com, Toys R Us/Babies R Us and Diapers.com. All four of the retail companies agreed to take part in the recall voluntarily because the manufacturer refused or was unwilling to participate.
Nap Nanny is manufactured by Baby Matters LLC from Berwyn, Pennsylvania. Earlier in December, the company told The Associated Press that it went out of business. Around this time, the website of the company published a statement from the owner and founder of the company, Comcast Sports Net-Philadelphia sports anchor Leslie Gudel, that her company did not believe the complaint had any merit. The statement also said that the products from the company are safe when they are used following the instructions.
In July of 2010, the first two versions of the Nap Nanny were recalled after one infant died and 22 others were reported to have hung out of the product or fell out of the product despite them being secured in the product’s harness. Since that time, the Consumer Product Safety Commission was made aware of four more infant deaths. Four of the deaths were associated with the original Nap Nanny model and one was linked to the newest model.
From 2009 to 2012, over 5,000 Nap Nanny Generation One and Two models were sold. Since January of 2011, close to 100,000 Chill models were sold. Those who own the models have been asked by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to look over the return policies of the retailers that are involved in the recall if they wish to take back the product.