Infant deaths prompt suit against infant seat manufacturer

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) plans to file an administrative suit against Baby Matters LLC of Berwyn, Pennsylvania because of safety hazards in the company’s Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill infant seats.  According to the CPSC, the company failed to property address the potential hazards of the seats, which the CPSC said posed “a substantial risk of injury and death to infants.”

The CPSC is seeking an order requiring Baby Matters to notify consumers of the product defects and to offer a full refund of the purchase price.

Baby Matters issued a cooperative recall of approximately 30,000 Nap Nanny portable baby recliners in July 2010 following the death of a 4-month-old-girl who died after she became entangled in the harness of the infant seat.  Since that time, four more infants have died in Nap Nanny Generation Two or Chill seats and more than 70 babies have nearly fallen out of the seats. 

The infant seats in question are Nap Nanny Generation One and Two and Nap Nanny Chill seats.  They are portable recliners that include a shaped foam base and fitted fabric cover with a three-point harness.  Officials state that the seats are dangerous when used in cribs or when the harness straps are not fastened securely.

Approximately 5,000 Nap Nanny Generation One and 50,000 Nap Nanny Generation Two seats were sold between 2009 and early 2012.  Since January 2011, about 100,000 Nap Nanny Chill seats have been sold.

For more information on this and other defective products, contact the Ohio product liability attorneys at Clark, Perdue & List. 

Source: NBC News, “Baby deaths prompt CPSC to sue Nap Nanny maker,” JoNel Aleccia, December 6, 2012.