Nap Nanny, which hit the market as an infant recliner back in 2009, is being recalled
following five deaths and 92 accidents allegedly connection with the product.
The recall was announced on June 13 as part of a settlement between the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the closed parent company Baby Matters, federal regulators told USA Today.
"Parents should avoid using this or similar products that aren't tested to federal standards," Nancy Cowles of the advocacy group Kids In Danger told USA Today. Cowles sits on a committee that sets the standards for infant recliners. "The safest place for a baby to sleep is a crib, bassinet or play yard that meets current safety rules."
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Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com, and Toys R Us/Babies R Us agreed in December to refund the purchase price of models sold in their stores, according to USA Today. Since Baby Matters is out of business, there are no product fixes or manufacturer refund, said USA Today.
"I am happy to put this issue behind me," Baby Matters founder Leslie Gudel said in a statement obtained by USA Today. "It is very disappointing that we had to stop short in our fight. But it was time to move on."
The safety commission urged disposal of the Nap Nanny and Chill products
, said a CPSC news release on the Nap Nanny website. The news release stated that about 165,000 Nap Nanny and Chill products were sold between 2009 and 2012.
In December 2012, the safety commission filed an administrative complaint against Baby Matters LLC seeking recall of the infant recliners, according to the news release.
"The settlement resolves CPSC staff’s allegations that the Nap Nanny and Chill products create a substantial product hazard," the news release stated. "CPSC alleged that the products contain a design defect, their use presents a risk of injury to infants, and the instructions and warnings are inadequate. Baby Matters disputed these allegations but has agreed to the recall in consideration for dismissal of the CPSC lawsuit."
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Some on Twitter were put off by Gudel's comments to the recall. A number of Twitter followers felt Gudel should have taken action sooner and been more sensitive.
"@lesliegudel Way to go on the recall....six months later. You could have saved face (& your product) by recalling and redesigning. @napnanny," tweeted one commenter on June 17.
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