The Consumer Product Safety Commission and manufacturer Baby Matters of Berwyn, Pa., has announced the voluntary recall of 30,000 Nap Nanny portable baby recliners following the death of a four-month-old Michigan girl.
According to preliminary reports, the child was in her harness and found hanging over the side of the recliner, caught between the Nap Nanny and the crib bumper.
Additionally, there is one other incident in which an infant became entrapped when the Nap Nanny was used in a crib, contrary to the product instructions. In that incident, 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.
The child sustained a cut to the forehead.
CPSC and the company have received 22 reports of infants, primarily younger than five-months, hanging or falling out over the side of the Nap Nanny despite most of the infants being placed in the harness. One infant received a bruise as a result of hanging over the side of the product.
Infants can partially fall or hang over the side of the Nap Nanny even while the harness is in use. This situation can be worse if the Velcro straps, located inside the Nap Nanny cover are not properly attached to the D-rings located on the foam, or if consumers are using the first generation model Nap Nanny that was sold without D-rings.
In addition, if the Nap Nanny is placed 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 Nap Nanny and suffocate.
Likewise, if the Nap Nanny is placed on a table, countertop or other elevated surface and a child falls over the side, it poses a risk of serious head injury. Consumers should always use the Nap Nanny on the floor away from any other products.
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 and a fitted fabric cover and a three point harness.
The first generation model of the Nap Nanny can be identified by the absence of D-rings in the foam base. In second generation models, the harness system has D-rings in the foam base and Velcro straps inside the fitted fabric cover.
The recalled Nap Nannys were sold at toy and children’s retail stores nationwide and online, including at www.napnanny.com, from January 2009 through July 2010 for about $130.
The recalled product was manufactured in the United States and China.
Consumers with a first generation Nap Nanny models without D-rings should stop using the recalled baby recliners immediately and contact the company to receive an $80 coupon towards the purchase of a new Nap Nanny with free shipping.
Consumers with a second generation Nap Nanny model, 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. Consumers can also view an important instructional video to help consumers ensure the harness is properly fastened.
Those who are unable to view the video or new instructions online should contact the firm to receive free copies by mail.
A toll-free number is available for Nap Nanny customers who want more information. The number is 888-240-4282 and is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Easter Time, Monday through Friday.
More information is also available at the company’s website, www.napnanny.com/recall.