When a mom and dad bring their newborn baby back from the hospital, they are already consumed with pressing matters (such as feeding and changing their infant) that they may not stop to even think about what their baby is sleeping or sitting in. Generally, most people put their trust for their child’s safety in the hands of manufacturers of cribs, toys, and other baby products – trusting that those products were designed and manufactured safely. While most products are safe, there are numerous baby products that have actually turned up dangerous and defective.
One recent dangerous product that has been linked to deaths and injuries of innocent infants is the Nap Nanny recliners. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), these baby recliners contain defects in the designs, warnings, and instructions. For this reason, the CPSC is warning parents and caregivers about these recliners, including:
- Nap Nanny Generation One – 5,000 recliners have been sold between 2009 and early 2012.
- Nap Nanny Generation Two – 50,000 units have been sold between 2009 and early 2012.
- Chill model infant recliner – 100,000 recliners have been sold since January 2011.
Because the manufacturer, Baby Matters LLC, of Berwyn, PA, is unable or unwilling to participate in the recall of the above models, the CPSC urged retailers to stop sale on these products and issue a voluntarily recall on Nap Nanny and Chill recliners. The retailers participating include Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com, and Toys R Us/Babies R Us.
These portable infant recliners were designed for resting and sleeping, but they pose a significant risk to infants. Sadly, five infant deaths have been reported so far, and many reports of infants falling out over the side or hanging were reported. In fact, in July 2010, CPSC and Baby Matters LLC issued a joint recall for Generation One owners after one death and 22 reports of falls occurred. The company offered a coupon to Generation One owners towards the newer model, and they improved warnings and instructions on the Generation Two model.
Even though improvements were made after the 2010 recall, an increase in deaths and falls off the infant recliners have been reported, including the Chill model. Five deaths and an additional 70 reports of babies nearly falling out of the recliners have been reported, which led to this recall.
The CPSC is still reviewing injury reports related to any of the infant recliners mentioned above. If your infant was injured or killed by a dangerous baby product, inform the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on SaferProducts.gov, and also contact an experienced Kentucky product liability lawyer for help with your claim against the manufacturer.
You can reach our caring and dedicated Northern Kentucky defective products attorneys at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 for a complimentary, confidential consultation today.