Nap Nanny Recall Lawsuit
Nap Nanny Recliner Recall Following Deaths and Injuries
On December 27, 2012, four retailers announced recall of 150,000 Baby Matters Nap Nanny recliners following an appeal by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The market withdrawal was expected following an administrative complaint filed by the CPSC on December 5 seeking the product recall on the ground that defective design and lack of adequate warning on them increase the risk of infant injury and death. In the last 28 months, the CPSC has received 72 reports of infant injuries caused by fall from these recliners. The manufacturer continues to stand by its product and is yet to issue a recall on its own.
There were reports of at least five deaths and 92 injuries caused by infants falling out of first and second generation Nap Nanny recliners and Nap Nanny Chill baby recliners prior to the recall issued by Buy Buy Baby, Babies R Us, Diapers.com, and Amazon.com. The present Baby Matters Nap Nanny recliner recall was second in the last two years after about 30,000 recliners were recalled in July 2010 following similar infant injury and death complaints.
CPSC Warning and Administrative Complaint
According to the CPSC, three Nap Nanny recliner models - Generation One, Generation Two, and Chill - have defects in their design, label warnings, and instruction manuals, which put infants at the risk of grievous injury and death. Its earlier recall in 2010 following infant injuries and death forced Baby Matters to introduce a second-generation version of these inclined foam beds fitted with fabric cover. However, indentation on which the babies are placed continues to remain defective and harness belts have failed to protect infants. The incidents of death and injury have gone up manifold, forcing the federal regulator to determine that warnings and instructions are insufficient to protect babies.
On December 5, 2012, the CPSC filed an administrative complaint asking for suspension of sale and a nationwide recall of purchased Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill recliners. It claims that dangerous design defects were behind deaths and injuries caused by infants falling out of these foam beds and seeks an order for the manufacturer to notify all distributors and consumers about the serious risks posed by the product. If the complaint is accepted, Baby Matters will be required to recall products and refund the full value of purchased recliners to consumers.
The administrative complaint by the CPSC is rare and the fourth in the last 11 years. Two of the previous instances include recall of two child-linked products, Zen Magnet and Buckyball desk toys, in August.
2010 Nap Nanny Recliner Recall
In July 2010, Baby Matters acting on CPSC advice recalled about 30,000 Nap Nanny recliners belonging to Generation One class. These portable foam beds, without D-rings to help the fabric cover stay in place, were linked to at least one infant death and 22 injuries, including cuts on the head. The manufacturer agreed to add D-rings, update warnings, and improve manual instructions to enable parents and caregivers prevent infants falling out of recliners. Baby Matters offered coupons to customers returning purchased Nap Nanny recliners without D-rings to buy a second generation version.
Other Important Baby Product Recalls
In November 2012, Sportspower recalled 25,000 Parkside trampolines and Liquid Motion waterslides after a number of reports citing neck injuries caused by product design defects surfaced. The CPSC announced the recall confirming cases where trampoline legs detached while being used leading to consumers piercing down the jumping surface.
In October 2012, Graco recalled about 86,000 Classic Wood Highchairs sold in the United States following complaints that seats of these toddler chairs sold from September 2007 to December 2010 often got separated causing babies to fall. The CPSC received at least 58 reports of children receiving bruises and bumps, including nine serious injuries, caused by sudden chair seat detachments.
In August 2012, Summer Infant issued a recall of its two types of baby bathers following the discovery of design defects. The recall covering 2 million Deluxe and Mother's Touch baby bathers sold between September 2004 and November 2011 came after consumers complained of seat collapse resulting in skull fractures and other injuries to infants. In February 2011, Summer Infant recalled 1.7 million baby monitors prompted by reports of infant s getting strangulated by electrical cords.
In August 2012, the CPSC announced recall of 4 million Bumbo baby seats. About two dozen babies suffered from skull fractures in the past five years after falling from these chairs. The seats allowed children to maneuver and fall out of them when were on an elevated surface. About a million seats were recalled in October 2007 following 14 similar incidents.
In July 2012, Artsana USA announced market withdrawal of 455,000 Chicco Polly high chairs citing design defects. The pegs on the chair legs were linked to more than 20 reports of children falling and suffering from serious injuries, including scratched cornea. The CPSC found these pegs as laceration and bruising hazard for babies.
In January 2012, IKEA was asked by the CPSC to recall 170,000 ANTILOP high chairs from the U.S. and Canadian markets. The restraint buckles of these IKEA high chairs got untied suddenly putting children at the increased of falling down. The company withdrew 58,000 children’s folding tents in October 2011 after the CPSC declared its wire frame a laceration hazard for children.
Evenflo recalled about 643,000 Envision High Chairs and 185,000 Majestic High Chairs in two phases between December 2008 and April 2009. The manufacturer acted following more than 150 reports setbacks reclining and separating and screws detaching, which caused children to fall and suffer from injuries.