A Recall Is Likely On The Horizon

Do you have a Nap Nanny in your home? Five infant deaths have prompted a lawsuit by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and a recall is likely to follow.

Nap Nanny and the CPSC

Following a 2010 voluntary recall by Nap Nanny and the CPSC due to entrapment, strangulation and suffocation hazards, the design of the infant recliner was overhauled and warnings were applied to the product, which was dubbed “Generation Two.” Unfortunately, the problems persisted and five infant deaths have been reported to the CPSC, which has prompted the lawsuit.

Issues with instructions

The Nap Nanny comes with instructions that the device is never to be used in a crib or on an elevated surface, and also that it should not be used without the harness straps being fastened. The CPSC alleges that the warning labels and instructions that come with the Nap Nanny are insufficient. There have also been at least 70 additional reports that children have nearly fallen out of the product.

The CPSC moved to the administrative complaint after failing to reach an agreement with Baby Matters, LLC, the manufacturer of the Nap Nanny, which would have resulted in another voluntary recall being issued.

About the Nap Nanny

The Nap Nanny is a portable infant recliner designed for sleeping, resting and playing. The recliner includes a shaped foam base with an inclined indentation for the baby to sit and a fitted fabric cover with a three point harness.

Five thousand Nap Nanny Generation One and 50,000 Generation Two models were sold between 2009 and early 2012. There were also around 100,000 “Chill” models that have been sold since January 2011. They were all priced at around $130.

What you should do

If you have a Nap Nanny, never use it in a crib, on an elevated surface or without fastening the straps or without viewing the instructional video -- if you even want to use it at all. The administrative complaint requires that Baby Matters, LLC issues a recall that will provide refunds for the recalled products, but that hasn’t happened yet. Nap Nanny has issued a statement on their website which you can read here.

More recalled baby products

Recall: KidCo PeaPod Travel Tents
Recall: Britax car seats
Recall: Trend Lab Children's upholstered toddler chairs

Image credit: USCPSC

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Comments

Jenny December 10, 2012
Thank you for this smart well written article. parents are getting a mixed message because the manufacturer is behaving so badly. Do not use this product the consumer protection agency is suing the manufacturer to tell them to recall their product that has killed 5 babies. They boasted they made $6 million last year but is shutting down their company rather than refund scared parents money. Tragic. I received one of these a few years ago as a gift and did not want to put my baby in it at all because I read about the first recall. There are so many safer places to put your baby, like a bouncy seat made by Any number of longstanding reputable baby gear companies, you know, ones that have been around since you were a baby ... Why waste your money on a silly product that does the same thing as a bouncy seat or car seat or your arms?!