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Infant Death Prompts Recall of Nap Nanny Child Recliners

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August 3, 2010

Baby Matters LLC, of Berwyn, PA, has announced a voluntary recall of 30,000 Nap Nanny® portable baby recliners due to a reported infant death, according to a release by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The Nap Nanny® is a portable recliner designed for sleeping, resting and playing. The recliner includes a foam base with an inclined indentation for the infant to sit in, a fitted fabric cover and a three-point harness.

The CPSC and Baby Matters, LLC received 22 reports of infants, primarily younger than 5-months-old, hanging or falling out over the side of the Nap Nanny® despite use of the harness on most of the infants. One infant received a bruise from hanging over the side of the product.

Another infant sustained a cut to the forehead when 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.

In the case of the infant death while using the Nap Nanny, preliminary reports show the infant was in her harness and found hanging over the side of the product, caught between the Nap Nanny® and the crib bumper.

The CPSC warns that if the consumer places the Nap Nanny 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 Nap Nanny and become entrapped between the crib side and the product and suffocate. The agency also warns that consumers should use the product only on the floor and not place it on a table, countertop or other elevated surface and a child falls over the side, it poses a risk of serious head injury.

Consumers can identify first generation model of the Nap Nanny® by the absence of "D"-rings in the foam base. Consumers with 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.

In second-generation models, the harness system has "D"-rings in the foam base and Velcro™ straps inside the fitted fabric cover. Consumers with second-generation Nap Nanny® models 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.

The company said in a news release that 25,000 of the 30,000 are safe for continued use when used properly.

“As mothers ourselves, we were deeply saddened to learn of an infant death in a crib associated with the use of the Nap Nanny®,” Baby Matters said in a statement. “Safe sleep is of the utmost importance, and we have worked closely with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to implement this voluntary recall, to help ensure that the Nap Nanny® is used properly and only on the floor.”

For more information, contact Baby Matters toll-free at (888) 240-4282 or visit http://www.napnannyrecall.com

Toy and children’s retail stores nationwide and online, including at www.napnanny.com, sold the product January 2009 through July 2010 for about $130.