An 8-month-old baby girl from New Jersey is the sixth infant in the country to die in a Nap Nanny infant recliner.
The baby was secured by a belt and found partly hanging over the side of the baby-napping device, trapped between the recliner and a crib bumper.
The Nap Nanny was pulled from shelves last June following 92 incidents, including five infant deaths dating back to 2009. The recall was voluntary.
The Nap Nanny was designed to resemble the curves of a baby car seat, elevating an infant slightly to help reduce reflux, gas, stuffiness or other problems.
The dangers of this device are when the baby gets trapped or when the baby suffocates on the inside of the product.
The U.S. Consumer and Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents and caregivers to stop using the Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill Recliners immediately as a result of the girl’s death, although the item was recalled last summer.
“This is a product that should be out of homes and we urge all parents to stop using the product,” said CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson.
Wolfson said that before the recall, 165,000 units had been sold. The danger now comes on the second hand market.
“Don’t sell it at a garage. Don’t take it back to a local thrift store. Don’t put it on eBay or Craigslist. Just throw it away,” he said.
Officials are concerned that parents and caregivers are still picking up the dangerous products at yard sales, online auction sites or using them as hand-me-down gifts.
Consumers purchasing the items from other retailers have been urged ‘to immediately dispose of the products to ensure that they are not used again,’ by the agency.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a Nap Nanny infant recliner, or other baby product, contact one of our Gacovino Lake attorneys at 1-800-246-HURT (4878) for more information.