Four national retailers announced they are voluntarily recalling more than 150,000 Nap Nanny baby recliners. The recall was instigated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission; Nap Nanny baby recliners are responsible for, at minimum, five infant deaths, along with many reports of children nearly falling out. Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com and Toys R Us/Babies R Us agreed to voluntarily recall the Nap Nanny; they agreed to the CPSC’s recall because the manufacturer is unable or unwilling to participate in it. Read more on product liability
All the models included in the recall were sold 2009 and 2012. Nap Nanny Generations One and Two, and Chill model infant recliners are the products being recalled; Nap Nanny’s design tried to create the same curves as a baby car seat, which raise the infant gently—this design reduces gas and cramping.
But the well-meaning design contains defects, as do the warnings and instructions, says the CPSC; the agency is alerting parents that Nap Nanny’s products pose a real risk of personal injury and/or death to infants. Nap Nanny’s manufacturer, Baby Matters LLC of Berwyn, Pa., recently reported to the Associated Press it had gone out of business. But, in a statement on the company website, earlier this month, Baby Matters’ owner and founder, Leslie Gudel, said she didn’t believe the CPSC complaint had merit, and that its products were safe when used as instructed.
This is not the first recall of Nap Nanny products; the first two versions of the foam recliner were recalled in July 2010, after the CPSC became aware of one death and twenty-two reports of infants hanging out or falling over the side of the recliner, even though most of the babies had been placed in the recliner’s harness. Since that recall, the government agency has become aware of four additional infant deaths; of the five fatalities, four were caused by the the first versions of the recliner, and one by the newer model.
Between 2009 and early 2012, five thousand Nap Nanny Generation One products were sold; fifty thousand Generation Two models were sold in the same time. Since January of 2011, one hundred thousand Chill models have been sold. The CPSC issued a statement warning parents to stop using the products immediately, and to look over the return policies of the four retailers who are taking part in the recall.