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Nap Nanny Deaths Show Importance of Recalls

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Nap Nanny (CPSC.gov)


If someone told you that the product used by your infant had killed other babies, would you stop using it? You’d think the answer would be obvious.

With the recent report of another baby’s death in a Nap Nanny infant chair comes a stark reminder of why heeding product recalls is so important.

Nap Nanny was seen as a godsend by some parents who had children who couldn’t sleep in a crib. But after one baby died, the product was recalled in 2010 and retooled. Babies fell off the cushiony seat, and some were found hanging in the safety harness.

This wasn’t the case of a dastardly company. It was a product designed by a well-meaning mom that ended up having serious design defects.

After the first recall, things just got worse. Three more babies died in the seats and dozens more incidents were reported. That led the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to take the unusual steps of first getting retailers to pull the products from their shelves and then suing the manufacturer, Baby Matters LLC, in 2012.

The company went out of business that year, and Nap Nanny is no longer manufactured. But it is still sold in secondary markets, such as yard sales, and remains in many homes. (It is illegal to sell a recalled product like Nap Nanny.)

Following the report of a sixth death about a week ago, reaction from some parents was downright frightening. Many began commenting on social media about how they will continue to use the product and blamed the parents of the dead babies for not using it properly.

Millions of infant products that do not kill or injure babies are used every day. When six babies die using one product -- which didn’t even sell 200,000 units -- it’s clear there’s a problem. Why would any parent willingly put their baby in one of those seats?

Not all recalls rate the same response, but they all merit attention. Every consumer should sign up to get the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recalls, especially those with young children.

Recalls can be a pain, but most are for good reason. Being unaware is one thing – not good, mind you – but knowingly putting your child in a product in which six babies died (more than just about any other infant product ever made) is indefensible.

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