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150,000 Dangerous Nap Nanny® Baby Recliners Recalled

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During the holidays (December 27, 2012) and earlier (July 26, 2010), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced its safety concerns about the Generations One and Two of the Nap Nanny®, all of which were sold between 2009 and 2012. In July 2010, the CPSC and Baby Matters, LLC, of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, issued a joint recall for 30,000 Nap Nanny foam recliners due to an infant’s death and the product’s entrapment, suffocation and fall hazards. That recall offered a discount coupon to Generation One Nap Nanny owners toward the purchase of a new and improved model Nap Nanny and a video with warnings and better instructions for use.

At the time of the July 2010 recall, the Company and the CPSC had been made aware of a 4-month old child’s death and 22 incidents involving infants, hanging or falling over the side of the Nap Nanny. Since that time, the CPSC has received 70 additional reports of children becoming entrapped or nearly falling from the Nap Nanny, and a total of five infants have died while using the Nap Nanny. Four of the infant deaths were associated with the earliest versions of the Nap Nanny and the one death was associated with use of the newer version.

In the July 2010 joint recall, Baby Matters, LLC, and the CPSC warned parents and caregivers about the Nap Nanny’s defects and that it posed a substantial risk of injury and death especially to infants. The CPSC announcement recommended that if used the Nap Nanny should only be used on the floor (and not in a crib or on a table top). The Generation One Nap Nanny was sold at toy and children’s retail stores throughout the country and online and at www.napnanny.com for about $130, from January 2009 through July 2010. The Nap Nanny was manufactured in the United States and China, according to the CPSC.

The Nap Nanny portable baby recliner is made of foam with a fitted fabric cover, D-rings in the foam base (not present in earliest versions), and 3-point Velcro harness, is a portable recliner designed to be similar to a baby’s car seat raising the child’s body slightly to “help reduce reflux, gas, stuffiness, or other problems” according to the AP article that appeared in the Daily Finance news January 3, 2013.

Five Thousand Generation One Nap Nanny recliners and 50,000 Generation Two Nap Nanny recliners were sold between 2009 and early 2012, and these have been discontinued. However, 100,000 “Chill” Models have been sold since January 2011. Now, four retailers, including Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com and Toys R’ Us/Babies R’ Us, have agreed to participate in the larger (150,000 unit) Nap Nanny recall—because the manufacturer is presently unable or unwilling to perform the recall.

Consumers may contact the stores where they purchased the Nap Nanny for more information about how to return it. To view photos of the Nap Nanny, please check the CPSC websites: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10309.html and http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13083.html