Retailers to Recall Nap Nanny Infant Recliners After Infant DeathsDec 28, 2012
Retailers to Recall Nap Nanny Infant Recliners After Infant Deaths
Several major retailers have agreed to pull Nap Nanny infant recliners from their shelves and Web sites after federal safety officials urged them to do so.
According to a report from Dow Jones Newswires, Amazon Inc., Buy Buy Baby (a subsidiary of Bed, Bath & Beyond Inc.), Diapers.com, and Toys R Us and Babies R Us are all stopping sales of Nap Nanny infant recliners because federal regulators say they’re unsafe and put children at risk of serious injuries or death.
In December, the Consumer Product Safety Commission ordered the makers of Nap Nanny products to stop all marketing of their goods because the agency believed they put children at risk of serious injuries. CPSC says it has five reports of infant deaths attributed to use of Nap Nanny products.
The CPSC was unable to reach a voluntary recall arrangement with Baby Matters LLC, a company based in Berwyn, Pa., that manufactures Nap Nanny products.
Because they were unable to reach accord, CPSC filed a civil lawsuit against Baby Matters attempting to force the company to stop manufacturing its products. Though it is rare that a company will comply with such an order, what used to be an unprecedented step for the agency is becoming more commonplace. The agency recently took similar actions against the makers of products which use small and powerful rare earth magnets to create desktop novelty toys that are typically marketed to adults but also intrigue children, such as Buckyballs and Zen Magnets.
Regulators believe that several Nap Nanny models put infants at risk of serious injuries. The agency has received numerous reports of serious injuries linked to the use of a Nap Nanny. Although Baby Matters appears to be stubborn in reacting to the CPSC order, several retailers have responded to the nationwide warning issued to them when the agency filed its lawsuit against the makers of Nap Nanny..
Those stores and sites which have agreed to recall the Nap Nanny Generations One, Two, and Chill models.
Problems with Nap Nanny products stem back to at least 2010. It was then that a voluntary recall was issued on the Nap Nanny Generation One product. By that time, the CPSC had reports of one death and 22 other reports of children who had fallen out of the device, even some in which they were properly placed in their harnesses.
The owner of Baby Matters, Leslie Gudel, said her company has since gone out-of-business, about two months ago, but maintains that Nap Nanny products are safe when used with their harnesses and per the instructions.