5 Deaths Prompt Infant Recliner Recall
Four retailers, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), are recalling “Nap Nanny Recliners” after five infant deaths were reported. Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com, and Toys R Us/Babies R Us are participating in the voluntary recall because the manufacturer is not.
The CPSC warns that the baby recliners are defective in design, warnings, and instructions, and pose risk of injury or death to babies. The recall involves Nap Nanny (R) Generations One and Two, and the Chill (TM) model infant recliners.
The product was originally recalled by the CPSC and Baby Matters, LLC in July 2010. A discount coupon, issued to owners of Generation One, was to be used toward the purchase of a newer model Nap nanny. Instructions and warnings were improved for the Generation Two model. At that time, the CPSC knew of one product-related death, and had received 22 reports of babies hanging or falling out over the side even though most of those used the harness.
Since 2010, the CPSC has received information about additional deaths and 70 more reports of babies nearly falling out of the recliner. Four infants died in Nap Nanny Generation Two recliners and a fifth death involved the Chill model.
Five thousand Nap Nanny Generation One and 50,000 Generation Two models were sold between 2009 and early 2012 and have been discontinued. One hundred thousand Chill Models have been sold since January 2011. The recalled Nap Nanny recliners were sold at toy and children’s retail stores nationwide and online, including at www.napnanny.com.
Contact information for the retailers involved in the recall:
- Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com
- Buy Buy Baby: 877-328-9222 | http://www.buybuybaby.com/productRecalls.asp
- Diapers.com: 800-342-7377 | http://www.diapers.com
- Toys R Us/Babies R Us: (800) 869-7787 | http://www.toysrusinc.com/safety/recalls
Discussions with company representatives did not result in a voluntary recall to address the issue. On December 5, 2012, the CPSC filed a complaint against manufacturer Baby Matters, LLC, seeking an order requiring that the firm notify the public of the defects and offer a refund.
Statement by Commissioner Nancy A. Nord, December 5, 2012:
The Commission has voted to issue an administrative complaint against Baby Matters, LLC, the manufacturer of the Nap Nanny, an infant recliner. My heart goes out to the parents and families of children who are injured or lose their lives in incidents associated with consumer products. Yet not every incident that occurs in the presence of a product was necessarily caused by that product. Properly identifying and addressing a causal link is a key responsibility of the Commission. I joined my colleagues in voting to issue the complaint because I believe that the legal theory described in the complaint concerning the reasonably foreseeable misuse of Baby Matters’ products deserves a thorough vetting by an administrative law judge. This concept remains nebulous and incompletely defined even as the agency has dealt with it over the years. Should this case come up for the Commission’s consideration, I look forward to reviewing the facts and considering the legal arguments of all parties.
Source/Photo: PR Newswire
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