Yet another infant product is in the news this week for concerns over the product’s safety. This time it is the Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill infant recliners, manufactured by Baby Matters, LLC of Berwyn, PA. Last week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that it had filed an administrative complaint against the company in an effort to force a recall of these products. The complaint was filed only after attempts aimed at getting Baby Matters to issue a voluntary recall failed.
According to the press release from the CPSC, the agency is aware of four infants who died in the Nap Nanny Generation Two recliners and a fifth infant death involved the Chill model. There are another 70 incident reports of children nearly falling out of the product. Both products are marketed as baby recliners that are designed for sleep, rest and play. They are a molded foam pad with a fabric covering that is supposed to cradle the infant. Both models come equipped with a three-point harness to restrain the child when the product is being used. The products have been on the market sin 2009 and retails for about $130.
Despite the harness—and the safety instructions and warnings that Baby Matters defends as sufficient—the CPSC maintains that the recliners are defective in their design, warnings and instructions. These deficiencies, according to the CPSC, pose a substantial risk of injury and death to infants.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that the Baby Matters infant recliners have been the subject of CPSC attention. In 2010, the company and the CPSC issued a joint recall news release in relation to the Generation One owners. That recall included a coupon towards the purchase of a newer model for Generation One owners and improved warnings and instructions to owners of Generation Two models.
This most recent administrative complaint seeks an order requiring that Baby Matters, LLC notify the public of the defect and offer consumers a full refund.