Posted on Dec 28, 2012
On December 5, 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) filed an administrative complaint against the manufacturer of a portable infant recliner called the Nap Nanny. The CPSC complaint alleges that the newest version of the Nap Nanny, called the Nap Nanny Chill, as well as previous models of the product “pose a substantial risk of injury and death to infants”.
The administrative complaint seeks to order the manufacturer, Baby Matters, LLC of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, to notify the public about the product defect and to offer a full refund. The complaint was issued by the CPSC after talks to agree upon a voluntary recall plan broke down.
The Nap Nanny Generation Two recliners have been associated with four infant deaths and the Nap Nanny Chill model has been connected to one death. The CPSC has received over 70 additional reports of infants falling or nearly falling out of the product.
According to a letter posted on the company website, Baby Matters, LLC, went out of business in November. In the letter, company founder Leslie Gudel said, “No infant using the Nap Nanny properly has ever suffered an injury requiring medical attention. The Nap Nanny was designed and constructed for use only on the floor with the harness secured”.
Approximately 100,000 Nap Nanny Chill models have been sold since January 2011. Over 50,000 of the previous models were sold between 2009 and early 2012.
As Harrisburg defective product attorneys at Schmidt Kramer, we are following this case closely. We extend sincere condolences to those who have lost a child.