Baby Matters recalls 30,000 portable recliner due to suffocation and fall hazards

July 27th, 2010 - 12:26 am ICT by BNO News  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Baby Matters LLC, on Monday issued a voluntary recall of 30,000 Nap Nanny portable baby recliners due to suffocation and fall hazards after one death was reported.

CPSC is investigating a report of a 4-month-old girl from Royal Oak, Michigan who died in a Nap Nanny, a portable recliner designed for sleeping, resting and playing, that was being used in a crib. According to preliminary reports, the infant was in her harness and found hanging over the side of the product, caught between the Nap Nanny and the crib bumper.

CPSC and Baby Matters, of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, have received 22 reports of infants, primarily younger than 5-months-old, hanging or falling out over the side of the Nap Nanny despite most of the infants being placed in the harness. The recliner includes a foam base with an inclined indentation for the infant to sit in and a fitted fabric cover and a three point harness.

There was another incident in which an infant became entrapped when the Nap Nanny was used in a crib, contrary to the product instructions. In that incident, the infant fell over the side of the Nap Nanny, despite being harnessed in, and was caught between the baby recliner and the side of the crib. The infant sustained a cut to the forehead. In a separate occasion, one infant received a bruise as a result of hanging over the side of the product.

Infants can partially fall or hang over the side of the product even while the harness is in use. This situation can be worse if the Velcro straps, located inside the Nap Nanny cover are not properly attached to the “D”-rings located on the foam, or if consumers are using the first generation model that was sold without “D”-rings.

In addition, if the Nap Nanny is placed inside a crib, play yard or other confined area, which is not a recommended use, the infant can fall or hang over of the side of the product and become entrapped between the crib side and the Nap Nanny and suffocate. Likewise, if the Nap Nanny is placed on a table, countertop, or other elevated surface and a child falls over the side, it poses a risk of serious head injury. Consumers should always use the Nap Nanny on the floor away from any other products.

The recalled Nap Nannys were sold at toy and children’s retail stores nationwide and online from January 2009 through July 2010 for about $130.

Consumers with a first generation Nap Nanny models, without “D”rings, should stop using the recalled baby recliners immediately and contact the firm to receive an $80 coupon towards the purchase of a new Nap Nanny with free shipping. Consumers with a second generation Nap Nanny model, with “D” rings, should immediately stop using the product until they are able to visit the firm’s website to obtain new product instructions and warnings.

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