Product liability: Infant recliners recalled after five deaths

Product liability: Infant recliners recalled after five deaths

Parents in the Los Angeles area who are using an infant recliner called the Nap Nanny or the Nap Nanny Chill should stop, federal safety regulators say. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the now-defunct business that made the infant recliners are recalling all of that company's recliners. Five babies died and 92 babies were injured when they fell out of the product or were found hanging out of the product.

About 165,000 Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill recliners sold between 2012 for about $130 a piece. The infant recliners were popular, but they were also dangerous products, according to the CPSC. The regulator alleges the recliners had a design defect and inadequate warnings and instructions. The CPSC maintains the products created a substantial product hazard.

The manufacturer of the recliners denied those allegations, and in December the CPSC sought to force the company to recall the recliners. The company, which is no longer in business, has now settled the case. Because the company is no longer in business, parents who bought the recliners will not be eligible for refunds from the manufacturer. Some online and store retailers agreed in December to refund the purchase price of the recliners sold in their stores.

For parents, the recliner recall raised an unsettling issue about dangerous products for children. In some cases, regulators are unable to keep up with new kinds of children's products. For example, there initially no safety standards that applied to this case. A spokeswoman for a children's safety group says that parents should avoid using products that are not tested for federal standards. She says that cribs, bassinets and play yards that meet safety rules are the safest places for babies to sleep.

Source: USA Today, "All Nap Nanny, Chill recliners recalled," Jayne O'Donnell, June 14, 2013


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