Nap Nanny Baby Product Recall Due to Substantial Risk of Death

WASHINGTON — Four national retailers are participating in the Nap Nanny Baby Product Recall of more than 150,000 Nap Nanny baby recliners after at least five infant deaths and dozens of reports of children nearly falling out of the recliners, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

Cochran-Ohio-Firm-Nap-Nanny-Baby--Product--RecalThe CPSC warns that the Nap Nanny baby recliners have defective designs, warnings and instructions. The CPSC also warns the Nap Nanny Recliner can pose a substantial risk of injury or deaths to infants.

The Nap Nanny baby product recall covers Nap Nanny Generations One and Two, and the Chill model infant recliners. All recalled products were sold between 2009 and 2012. The Nap Nanny Baby Recliner was designed to mimic the curves of a baby car seat, elevating an infant slightly to help reduce reflux, gas, stuffiness or other problems.

The manufacturer of the Nap Nanny Recliner, Baby Matters LLC of Berwyn, Pa., told The Associated Press earlier this month that it had gone out of business. At the time, Baby Matters LLC’s website carried a statement from the owner and founder Leslie Gudel that the company didn’t believe the CPSC complaint had merit and that its products were safe when used as instructed.

The first two versions of the Nap Nanny foam recliner were recalled in July 2010 after the CPSC became aware of one death and 22 reports of infants hanging out or falling over the side of the Nap Nanny Recliner even when most of the infants had been placed in the recliner’s harness. Since then, the agency learned of four additional deaths linked to the first versions of the Nap Nanny, and one to the newer model.

There have been five thousand Generation One and 50,000 Generation Two models sold between 2009 and early 2012, and about 100,000 Chill models sold since January 2011.

The CPSC advises consumers seeking additional information on the Nap Nanny Recliner product recall to review the return policies of the retailers participating in the baby product recall.