The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a statement recently reporting that a sixth baby has died from the use of a Nap Nanny infant recliner. According to the CPSC, an 8-month old girl from Hopatcong, N.J., was found hanging over the side of the Nap Nanny recliner, trapped between the chair and a crib bumper.
In June 2013, Baby Matter LLC, the manufacturer of the Nap Nanny infant recliner products, voluntarily recalled all of its infant recliner models after 92 incidents and four fatalities had been reported. Following the recall, two more infant deaths have been reported. Also, Baby Matters LLC has gone out of business. The manufacturer is no longer accepting returns or providing refunds for its defective recliner, which costs around $130. Various retailers including Amazon, Buy Buy Baby, Toys R Us/Babies R Us and Diapers.com have refunded the purchase price of the Nap Nanny products sold from their stores.
But the real danger of defective baby products such as this infant recliner is the lack of regulation. During the development of the Nap Nanny recliner, there were no federal or industry safety standards that applied to an infant recliner. The Nap Nanny showcases the federal government’s inability to keep up with the baby product industry. Nancy Cowles, the Executive Director of Kids in Danger, discussed the dangers of the Nap Nanny and baby products in general and warned parents that they should not assume that every product on the market has been tested for safety.
In addition to the lack of regulation on baby products, there is also a lack of enforcement on recalls as baby products are routinely available through garage sales, auctions, and second-hand use through family and friends. The CPSC is urging parents to dispose of all Nap Nanny recliners even if that parent has had no issue with the product. It is now illegal under federal law for any person to sell, offer for sale, manufacture, distribute in commerce, or import into the United States any model of the Nap Nanny recliners. If you need more information on this subject, contact Stephanie Monplaisir, a lawyer in our firm’s Personal Injury/Products Liability Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Stephanie.Monplaisir@beasleyallen.com.
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