The Nap Nanny baby recliner will soon be off the market if federal officials have their way. The baby recliner, which has been linked to the deaths of at least five infants, was served with an administrative complaint by the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for its failure to voluntarily recall the dangerous product. The CPSC’s administrative complaint alleges that the new model of the Nap Nanny, called the Chill, and two earlier versions of the Nap Nanny “pose a substantial risk of injury and death to infants.”
By filing the administrative complaint, the CPSC is seeking an order that would require Nap Nanny manufacturer Baby Matters LLC to notify the public about a potentially serious product defect and offer consumers a full refund.
The Nap Nanny was initially recalled in July 2010 after the CPSC learned of the death of a six-month-old girl died when she suffocated while using the Generation Two Nap Nanny. The infant was not secured in the harness and her cause of death was determined to be positional asphyxia. At the time of the 2010 recall, the CPSC said that it had received more than 20 reports of babies hanging off or falling over the side of the recliners, even if they were secured in recliner with the harness. The July 2010 recall involved approximately 30,000 of the portable baby recliners.
Since the July 2010 recall, the CPSC has learned of four additional deaths. Of the five deaths, four are linked to the first version of the recliner and one is linked to the newest model.
On the Nap Nanny website, Baby Matters says that Nap Nanny has gone out of business due to its ongoing legal battles with CPSC over the safety of its product. Baby Matters continues to defend the safety of Nap Nanny, stating “We do not believe the [CPSC] complaint has merit and stand behind the safety of our product when used as instructed.” The website makes no reference to the acceptance of returns or cancellations.
The CPSC says that it has received over 70 reports of children nearly falling out of the recliner and that the administrative complaint was necessary after discussions with the manufacturer about a recall plan broke down.
According to this ABC News article, approximately 100,000 Chill models of the Nap Nanny have been sold since January 2011. Five thousand Nap Nanny Generation One and 50,000 Generation Two models were sold between 2009 and early 2012.
The Chicago product liability attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC are committed to protecting consumers from dangerous and defective products, including baby products, and we aggressively pursue any legal claims on behalf of the victims of dangerous and defective products. If your child has been injured when using the Nap Nanny, do not hesitate to contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to learn more about a possible product liability claim.