Another day, another scary baby product recall. Today's news is a big deal for any new parent desperate for solutions to help their babies sleep better -- in other words, every new parent. More than 150,000 Nap Nanny baby recliners have been recalled, covering Nap Nanny Generations One and Two, and the Chill model infant recliners. All were sold between 2009 and 2012.
The recall comes after at least five infant deaths and dozens of reports of children nearly falling out of the recliners. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Nap Nanny poses a serious risk to babies, due to defects in its design, warnings, and instructions.
It's important information to share, because the manufacturer hasn't actually agreed to the recall, and has now gone out of business. Unless parents hear about the recall through the major retailers pulling the Nap Nanny from their shelves, they may have no idea about the CPSC's complaints about the product.
The Nap Nanny was designed to work like an infant car seat, helping a baby lie somewhat upright to help reduce reflux or other problems. In addition to five fatalities, the CPSC says it received nearly 100 of reports of children hanging out or nearly falling over the sides of the seats, despite usually being placed in a harness.
According to the Nap Nanny website, however, the company backs its claims that its product is safe:
The loss of an infant is an unthinkable tragedy, and I am truly heartbroken for the families who have lost a child. But the fact that infants have died “while using” the Nap Nanny improperly, such as when used in a crib where the child could suffocate on a crib bumper or a blanket, does not mean our product caused the child’s death or is hazardous.
The founder goes on to say that while the safety complaints have shut down its business, the product is still available for retailers:
The filing of CPSC’s complaint does not mean it’s illegal to sell the Nap Nanny. Anyone who wants to sell the Nap Nanny certainly can, for now. The CPSC may succeed in its attempt to legally ban the sale of the product, but there’s no telling whether that will happen or how long that will take. It matters little, because very few Nap Nannys remain on the shelves. The ongoing battle with the CPSC cost us so much money that it forced us out of business a month ago.
Some stores are still selling the recliner, but Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com, and Toys R Us/Babies R Us have all agreed to voluntarily participate in the recall of the Nap Nanny.
Had you heard about this recall? Did your baby ever use the Nap Nanny?
Image via Nap Nanny