Nap Nanny Infant Recliners Recalled After 5 DeathsJun 17, 2013
On Friday, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of all models of Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill infant recliners and covers made by Baby Matters LLC of Berwyn, PA.
This recall is part of the settlement of an administrative case filed by the CPSC in December 2012. From 2009 to the present, CPSC staff have received at least 92 incident reports involving the Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill products, including five infant deaths. According to the CPSC, four infants died in Nap Nanny Generation Two recliners and a fifth death involved the Chill model. The CPSC received 92 reports of infants hanging or falling over the side of the recliner; some of the infants were restrained in the product’s harness.
About 165,000 Nap Nanny and Chill recliners were sold between 2009 and 2012 for about $130. They were sold at toy and children's retail stores nationwide and online, including at www.napnanny.com. In December 2012, four major retailers—Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com, and Toys R Us/Babies R Us—announced a voluntary recall of Nap Nanny and Chill models sold in their stores. Consumers who purchased a Nap Nanny from one of these retailers should contact the retailer for instructions on how to obtain a refund.
CPSC urges parents and caregivers to immediately stop using Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill recliners. Baby Matters LLC is no longer in business and is not accepting returns. Consumers who cannot return the recliner to a retailer for a refund are advised to dispose of the recliner in a way that it cannot be used again.
In December 2012, CPSC staff filed an administrative complaint against Baby Matters LLC seeking a recall of the Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill infant recliners. CPSC staff and Baby Matters LLC reached a settlement agreement that includes the recall announced Friday and ends the legal proceeding against the firm. The settlement resolves CPSC allegations that the Nap Nanny and Chill products create a substantial hazard. The case alleged that because of a design defect, the Nap Nanny presents a risk of injury to infants, and the product’s instructions and warnings are inadequate. Baby Matters disputed these allegations but agreed to the recall in consideration for dismissal of the CPSC lawsuit.