Four US retailers are recalling more than 150,000 Nap Nanny baby recliners after five deaths and dozens of reports of children nearly falling out of the recliners.
According to the Associated Press, the US recall covers Nap Nanny Generations One and Two, and the Chill model infant recliners that were sold between 2009 and 2012. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission warned parents and caregivers that the Nap Nanny contains defects in its design, warnings and instructions, and that the product poses a substantial risk of injury and death to infants.
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Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com and US Toys R Us/Babies R US outlets all agreed to recall the Nap Nanny at the CPSC's request, reported The Wall Street Journal. Earlier this month, the agency sued the manufacturer of Nap Nanny, Baby Matters LLC, after a voluntary-recall plan couldn't be reached with the company.
Nap Nanny's owner and founder, Leslie Gudel, has argued against the CPSC's allegations, saying the product is safe when used correctly, the Journal continued. She had said her company went out of business about two months ago because of its "ongoing battle" with the CPSC.
The Nap Nanny was designed to mimic the curves of a baby car seat, the AP said. It is meant to elevate an infant slightly to help reduce reflux, gas, stuffiness and other problems.