Thiry Thousand Nap Nanny® recliners are being recalled as the US Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating 22 reports of infants hanging or falling over the side of the recliner, resulting in one death. According to the CPSC, a 4-month-old girl from Royal Oak, Michigan was found in the harness of the recliner, hanging over the side and caught between the Nap Nanny® and a crib bumper. These types of defective product injuries may deserve compensation for such a tragic loss and an expereinced defective product attorney should be consulted.
THE NAP NANNY® RECLINER PRODUCT
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® does not have any “D” rings as part of the harness system while the second generation model has the “D” rings.
The recalled Nap Nannys® were sold at retail stores around the country from January 2009 through July 2010 for about $130.
THE NAP NANNY® RECALL AND POSSIBLE INJURY
While the Nap Nanny® has a harness that is supposed to keep the child in place, it has been discovered that infants can fall or hang over the side of the recliner even when the harness is being used. It is even worse if the straps inside the cover not. The risk of hanging or falling becomes worse if the harness straps are not properly attached to the “D” rings or if consumers are using the first generation model Nap Nanny® that was sold without “D” rings.
Part of the danger is where the Nap Nanny® is used. According to the CPSC, if the product is placed inside the crib or another confined area then the child could fall over the side of the recliner and become trapped between the side of the crib and the product, causing suffocation. But there is equal danger if the product is placed on an elevated surface. If the Nap Nanny® is placed on a table top and the child falls over the side, then the child could fall off the table and suffer a serious head injury. That is why the CPSC is stating the Nap Nanny® should only ever be used on a floor away from any other products that might trap the child.
HOW CONSUMERS OWNING A NAP NANNY® SHOULD PROCEED
If you have a Nap Nanny®, you should stop using the product immediately. Then you should determine whether you have a first generation or a second generation product. Baby Matters, the company that produced the Nap Nanny®, is offering consumers with a first generation Nap Nanny® an $80 coupon towards the purchase of a new Nap Nanny® with free shipping. Consumers with a second generation Nap Nanny® have been told to stop using the product until they are able to visit the company’s website to obtain new product instructions and warnings. You can also report the product to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, as well as any injury the defective product might have caused you.
If your child or the child of someone you love has been injured or killed by a defective product like the Nap Nanny®, you should also know your legal rights. Contact a defective product liability lawyer at Atkins & Markoff immediately to schedule a free initial consultation.