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CPSC wants makers of Nap Nanny infant recliners to be forced to issue recall, offer refunds

Dec 6, 2012

Federal consumer safety officials have warned the makers of the Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill recliners that their products pose a serious injury and death risk to infants and that warnings and instructions included with the product do not fully communicate these risks.

According to a Reuters report, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has filed a complaint against Baby Matters LLC, a Berwyn, Pa., company that markets the Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill recliners. CPSC said that Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill recliners have been implicated in five infant deaths recently.

The complaint seeks to force Baby Matters LLC to release a public statement indicating the serious risks its products pose to the public, namely infants, and that instructions and warnings included with the products are misleading or defective, too. In addition to wanting the company to offer this statement, it hopes a judge will also order the company to offer refunds to customers who purchased either Nap Nanny or Nap Nanny Chill recliners.

Four infant deaths have been attributed to the use of a second-generation Nap Nanny recliner. Another infant death has been linked to the Chill model of infant recliner. The Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill recliners are made of foam rubber and join myriad other products that are supposed to aid small children, typically infants, in sitting up on their own. 

In addition to the five deaths attributed to either of these products, another 70 injury reports have been filed with CPSC in the years that these products have been available at the retail level.

CPSC indicated when filing the complaint against Baby Matters that it was compelled to take this further action against the Pennsylvania company because it had failed to enact a voluntary recall on the products when CPSC requested it to do so. Regulators wanted Baby Matters to tell the public that using the Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill recliners in a crib or without its fasterer straps increased the risk of serious injury or death for infants. 

Two years ago, Baby Matters offered people who purchased a Nap Nanny recliner an $80 coupon for people who purchased a first-generation product so they could purchase a newer model, claiming it was improved over the unit they had purchased. To get that second-generation Nap Nanny device, any would-be customer would still be required to pay $50 to make up the difference in the product's $130 price tag.

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