Problems with all models of the Nap Nanny recliner have been known since at least 2009. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning in 2010 and moved for a mandatory recall which was resolved in a 2012 settlement. Unfortunately and tragically however, last week another infant death was reported – the sixth death thus far. Parents who own the Nap Nanny Gen 1, Nap Nanny Gen 2 or the Nap Nanny Chill models should stop using it immediately because the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has deemed it unsafe. A number of major retailers including Amazon.com and Toys R Us have already instituted voluntary recalls of the product. Since the company who manufactured the Nap Nanny is no longer in business, you should contact the retailer to return you Nap Nanny.
While we hope that you have not encountered this product or, if you have, that your child did not suffer any injury, there have been reports of numerous injuries and deaths. If you or your child has suffered an injury due to a defective product, we may be able to help by working to secure compensation for injuries suffered. For more than 34 years the attorneys of The Reiff Law Firm have fought for those injured due to the negligence or recklessness of another.
What is the Situation with Nap Nanny?
The CPSC estimates that in total, at least 165,000 Nap Nanny recliners were sold between 2009 and 2012. At the premium price-point of about $130 each, parents thought they were purchasing a safe and comfortable product for their child – unfortunately they were wrong. From 2009 to mid-2013 the CPSC received at least 92 reports of incidents and other problems with the Nap Nanny. Despite being pulled from store shelves, Nap Nannies continue to be sold through yard sales, flea markets, and online auction sites. Parents should not buy, sell, or transfer the product and any Nap Nanny recliners in storage should be immediately be returned or destroyed and discarded. One can only assume that additional complaints have been received throughout 2013 and 2014.
Five of the six deaths caused by Nap Nanny have occurred while the product was being utilized in the baby’s crib. In these situations the crib had a “bumper” and the parent or caregiver believed that the infant would be safe in the crib. Despite this belief, a known defect of the Nap Nanny is that babies fall out of the seat or hang over the side. In some cases the baby’s face is pressed up against the crib or a blanket thereby preventing the baby from breathing. If a caregiver does not notice the situation quickly enough, brain injury or death by suffocation can result.
The most recent death due to the Nap Nanny occurred under these circumstances very close to these. An eight-month-old girl from Hoptacong, New Jersey was secured in her Nap Nanny with the provided belt. However, the girl had fallen and was found partially hanging over the side of the Nap Nanny. She died due to being trapped between the Nap Nanny and the side of the crib. these events are absolutely tragic and the tragedy is only compounded by the fact that these deaths could have been prevented.
How Should Parents Protect their Infants?
The CPSC has reiterated that the safest possible crib environment for an infant is a bare crib without blankets, toys, pillows, cushions or other items. The baby should always be placed on his or back to sleep without any positioning devices as they are unnecessary and actually increase the risk of infant injury or death. Further, if the parents or guardian is concerned about the temperature, footed-pajamas should be utilized in lieu of blankets. In fact, the CPSC reports that half of crib deaths and two-thirds of bassinet deaths are as a result of pillows, blankets or other types of overcrowding in the baby’s sleeping environment.
Further, prior to purchasing a product for their child, parents should perform their due diligence. This means that you should, at minimum, Google the product name and model to see if there are any defects or safety recalls that you should be aware of. This step is especially important if you purchase the product second-hand or at a yard sale or rummage sale as it is less likely that a recalled product would be preemptively identified. Further, once you are in possession of the item or product, you should inspect it for any obvious defect or safety hazards. Finally, parents should supervise and observe their child using the product. If there is a problem with the product it is likely to present itself early on. Adequate supervision can prevent a tragedy.
We hope that you, a caring, and well-intentioned parent, never have to call us to discuss an injury to yourself or to your child. However, if an unsafe product or the reckless or negligent behavior of another has caused an injury, we can hold them accountable for their actions. We work to protect you and to recover compensation for your injuries. For your free and confidential personal injury consultation call The Reiff Law Firm today at (215) 246-9000 or contact us online.