A Nap Nanny Recall has been issued for 165,000 Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill baby recliners following a settlement between the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the recliner manufacturer Baby Matters following the death of five babies and reports of 92 more infants falling out of the product.
The Nap Nanny recall was issued as part of the settlement in an administrative case that was filed by CPSC in December. The Nap Nanny recall came following reports of five infants who died and dozens of babies falling or hanging off the side of the products. the Nap Nanny recliners became the center of a debate that the federal government is not able to keep pace with the number of new baby products entering the marketplace, USA Today reports. The CPSC sued Berwyn, PA based Baby Matters LLC, saying the products had a design defect, inadequate instructions and warnings, and created a substantial hazard.
Baby Matters founder Leslie Gudel said that even the industry had no safety standards that could be applied to issues surrounding the Nap Nanny recliners, and that she even pressed the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association to develop guidelines during development of the recliners. Following the CPSC settlement, and Nap Nanny recall, Gudel issued a statement saying “We vigorously defended the case and while we and our lawyers were confident we would ultimately prevail given the perfect safety record of the Chill when used as intended, the case was becoming expensive and exhausting…For these reasons we were content to let the CPSC dismiss the case with our never having conceded the baseless allegations behind it.” She continued, “I am happy to put this issue behind me. It is very disappointing that we had to stop short in our fight. But it was time to move on.”
Baby Matters, which is no longer in business, is not offering a refund on the Nap Nanny recall, however, in December Toys R Us/Babies R Us, Amazon.com, Diapers.com, and Buy Buy Baby all offered refunds for Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill products that were sold from their stores. According to USA Today, the CPSC said that consumers who purchased the recliners should contact the store where they bought them to inquire about a refund. The Nap Nanny recliners sold for about $130 each.
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