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U.S. Files Complaint Against Baby Matters LLC Over "Nap Nanny" Product

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The Nap Nanny Generation One infant recliner was first recalled in July 2010 after the death of one child. Since that time, the deaths of four additional children have been linked to the Nap Nanny. Baby Matters LLC of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, the company that manufactured the Nap Nanny, is the subject of an administrative complaint filed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) December 5.

A recent Associated Press article, "Government Acting Against Baby Recliner Maker," noted the company that made the Nap Nanny, the Nap Nanny Chill and the Nap Nanny Generation Two, is "out of business." The Boston Globe notes that the CPSC received more than 70 reports of infants having fallen from the infant recliners.

Unfortunately for the families of the children whose deaths are associated with the Nap Nanny infant recliners, Baby Matters LLC and the government could not agree on remedies following the first recall in July 2010 of the Nap Nanny recliners. Consumers were originally offered an $80 coupon by the company against the price of a newer model infant recliner. Nap Nanny had apparently agreed to improve use instructions and safety warnings, according to Lipka. Yet newer versions of the baby recliner continued to come to and remain on the market.

According to Nancy Cowles, Executive Director of Kids In Danger, "Parents assume that if a product is sold, someone has made sure it is safe…" Sadly, for the most vulnerable element of society, our children, this may not be the case. Because the product was an infant recliner, it did not come under the tough federal standards recently developed for cribs and play yards.

CNN.com reported that "5,000 Nap Nanny Generation One and 50,000 Generation Two models were sold between 2009 and early 2012" which have now been discontinued, but "100,000 Nap Nanny Chill models were still being sold since January 2011." This means there are many Nap Nanny recliners which have not yet been recalled and continue to remain in the public domain as a danger to young children.

To view a photo of the Nap Nanny Generation Two model recliner, and read CPSC Release 13-058, or view the Complaint and the List and Summary of Documentary Evidence, visit the CPSC website, www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13058.html