The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is investigating a report of the death of a 4-month-old girl from Royal Oak, Michigan, who died in a Nap Nanny that was being used in a crib. Nap Nanny products are touted by the manufacturer as “infant recliners”. 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.
At the time of an earlier 2010 recall, CPSC was aware of 22 reports of infants hanging or falling out over the side of the Nap Nanny, even though most of the infants had been placed in the harness. Subsequently, despite purported improvements to the warnings and instructions, additional deaths using the Nap Nanny recliners were reported. Since the 2010 recall, CPSC has received an additional 70 reports of children nearly falling out of the product.
Recently, in December, 2012, the CPSC and four major retailers announced a new recall of Nap Nanny Recliners made by Baby Matters, LLC of Berwyn, Pa. Retailers currently participating include Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com and Toys R Us/Babies. Retailers have initiated the recall because the manufacturer has refused to do so. Five thousand Nap Nanny Generation One and 50,000 Generation Two models were sold between 2009 and early 2012 and have been discontinued. One hundred thousand Chill Models have been sold since January 2011.
At any point during the design and manufacturing process, failures regarding safety issues associated with children’s sleepers and recliners, carriers, cribs, and beds may contribute to a product’s hazards, including (1) missteps during the early design stages; (2) inadequate testing to ensure safe performance; and (3) marketing efforts that include inadequate instructions and warnings, or failure to include any relevant cautions. Even one act of negligence during the process from product’s conception to its sale can cause catastrophic injuries and even wrongful death once the product reaches homes, schools and workplaces of consumers.
If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of a defective product, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. Call (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.