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Infant Death Tied to Nap Nanny Recliners, Recall Issued

Baby Matters of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, in cooperation with The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is recalling its Nap Nanny® Recliners due to entrapment, suffocation, and fall Hazards. To date, one infant death has been reported. The recall involves 30,000 Nap Nanny® portable baby recliners. Meanwhile, CPSC is investigating a report of a four-month-old girl […]

Baby Matters of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, in cooperation with The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is recalling its N<"https://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">ap Nanny® Recliners due to entrapment, suffocation, and fall Hazards. To date, one infant death has been reported.

The recall involves 30,000 Nap Nanny® portable baby recliners. Meanwhile, CPSC is investigating a report of a four-month-old girl from Royal Oak, Michigan who died in a Nap Nanny® being used in a crib. According to preliminary reports, the infant was in her harness and found hanging over the side of the product, caught between the Nap Nanny® and the crib bumper.

CPSC and Baby Matters are aware of one other incident in which an infant became entrapped when the Nap Nanny was used in a crib, contrary to the product instructions. In that incident, the infant fell over the side of the Nap Nanny®, despite being harnessed in, and was caught between the baby recliner and the side of the crib. The infant sustained a cut to the forehead.

CPSC and the firm have received 22 reports of infants, primarily younger than five-months-old, hanging or falling out over the side of the Nap Nanny® despite most of the infants being placed in the harness. One infant received a bruise as a result of hanging over the side of the product.

Infants can partially fall or hang over the side of the Nap Nanny® even while the harness is in use. This situation can worsen if the Velcroâ„¢ straps, located inside the Nap Nanny® cover, are not properly attached to the “D”-rings located on the foam, or if consumers are using the first-generation model Nap Nanny® that was sold without “D”-rings.

In addition, if the Nap Nanny® is placed inside a crib, play yard or other confined area, which is not a recommended use, the infant can fall or hang over of the side of the Nap Nanny® and become entrapped between the crib side and the Nap Nanny® and suffocate.

Likewise, if the Nap Nanny® is placed on a table, countertop, or other elevated surface and a child falls over the side, it poses a risk of serious head injury. Consumers should always use the Nap Nanny® on the floor away from any other products.

The Nap Nanny® is a portable recliner designed for sleeping, resting and playing. The recliner includes a foam base with an inclined indentation for the infant to sit in and a fitted fabric cover and a three-point harness. The first-generation model of the Nap Nanny® can be identified by the absence of “D”-rings in the foam base. In second-generation models, the harness system has “D”-rings in the foam base and Velcroâ„¢ straps inside the fitted fabric cover.

The recalled Nap Nannys®, which were manufactured in the United States and China, were sold at toy and children’s retail stores nationwide and online, including at www.napnanny.com, from January 2009 through July 2010 for about $130.

Consumers with a first generation Nap Nanny® models, without “D”-rings, should stop using the recalled baby recliners immediately and contact the firm to receive an $80 coupon towards the purchase of a new Nap Nanny® with free shipping. Consumers with a second generation Nap Nanny® model, with “D”-rings, should immediately stop using the product until they are able to visit the firm’s website to obtain new product instructions and warnings. There, consumers will also view an important instructional video to help ensure the harness is properly fastened. Consumers unable to view the video or new instructions online, should contact the firm to receive free copies by mail. For more information, contact Baby Matters toll-free at (888) 240-4282 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.napnanny.com/recall

The CPSC provided the following Nap Nanny® safety tips:

• Do not use Nap Nanny® in cribs, play yards, or near any other adjacent entrapment surface

• Only use Nap Nanny® on the floor away from other products

• Secure Velcro straps through the “D”-rings every time cover is replaced

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