Baby Seat ‘Baby Matters’ Maker Faces Lawsuit
December 5, 2012
On Wednesday the Consumer Product Safety Commission said that makers of the well-known Nap Nanny baby recliner seats, which have been linked to the deaths of five babies, have not done enough to fix potential hazards, reports MSN.
The Nap Nanny Generation One and Two and the Nap Nanny Chill seats are portable recliners for babies that are used for sleeping, resting and playing. The product has a foam base with an indentation for the baby to sit. It also comes with a fitted fabric cover with a three-point harness, used for protection. In Five instances the harness was actually used as a weapon and not for safety.
The CPSC officials report that the seats are dangerous when they are used in cribs or when the harness straps are not securely fastened.
The CPSC voted to sue Baby Matters LLC of Berwyn, Pa., which manufactures the Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill seats. The CPSC said that the seats may have “a substantial risk of injury and death to infants.” The CPSC is trying to impose an order to require Baby Matters to notify the public of the product defects and to give consumers a full refund.
Baby Matters issued a cooperative recall in July 2010 of 30,000 Nap Nanny portable baby recliners, after a 4-month old girl was caught in the baby seat’s harness and died, CPSC officials said.
After the recall in 2010, the company offered an $80 coupon to owners of Nap Nanny Generation One. The coupon was supposed to go towards buying a newer model of the baby seat. The newer model came with improved instructions and warnings to consumers.
Since the arrival of Nap Nanny Generation two, the CPSC said that four more babies have died in the seats. CPSC has received more than 70 reports of children close to falling out of the product. Some babies have fallen out of the Nap Nanny seats and become tangled and trapped in the harnesses.
CPSC officials said that when they talked with Baby Matters officials it “failed to result in an adequate voluntary recall plan.” Officials voted on Wednesday to issue an administrative complaint seeking the order.
An estimated five thousand Nap Nanny Generation One and nearly 50,000 Nap Nanny Generation Two models were sold between 2009 and early 2012. These models have since been discontinued. About 100,000 Nap Nanny Chill models have been sold since January 2011. The products sold were all around $130.