Baby deaths prompt CPSC to sue Nap Nanny maker
Makers of the popular Nap Nanny infant recliner seats, which have been tied to the deaths of five babies, have failed to do enough about the potential hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.
The CPSC voted to sue Baby Matters LLC of Berwyn, Pa., which makes the Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill seats, saying they pose “a substantial risk of injury and death to infants". It is seeking an order to require Baby Matters to notify the public of the product defects and to offer consumers a full refund.
Baby Matters representatives did not immediately return a call from NBC News.
The company issued a cooperative recall in July 2010 of 30,000 Nap Nanny portable baby recliners after the death of a 4-month old girl who became caught in the baby seat’s harness, CPSC officials said.
At the time, the company offered an $80 coupon to owners of Nap Nanny Generation One owners toward purchase of a newer model. It also issued improved instructions and warnings to consumers.
Since then, the CPSC said that four more babies have died in Nap Nanny Generation Two or Chill seats and the agency has received more than 70 reports of children nearly falling out of the product. Babies have fallen out of the seats and become entrapped in the harnesses.
Discussions with Baby Matters officials “failed to result in an adequate voluntary recall plan,” said CPSC officials, who voted Wednesday to issue an administrative complaint seeking the order on Wednesday.
The Nap Nanny Generation One and Two and the Nap Nanny Chill seats are portable recliners used for sleeping, resting and playing. The product includes a shaped foam base with an indentation for the baby to sit and a fitted fabric cover with a three-point harness.
The seats are dangerous when they’re used in cribs or when the harness straps aren’t securely fastened, CPSC officials said.
About five thousand Nap Nanny Generation One and about 50,000 Nap Nanny Generation Two models were sold between 2009 and early 2012 and have been discontinued. About 100,000 Nap Nanny Chill models have been sold since January 2011. All of the seats were priced around $130.