The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Nap Nanny infant recliners, because the company refused to issue a recall after five infants died while in a Nap Nanny.
Baby Matters, the maker of Nap Nanny recliners, says that it tested the children's product and made product changes after the two parties agreed to a settlement in July 2010. At that time, the company offered an $80 coupon to owners of the Generation One Nap Nanny toward the purchase of a new model, which included better instructions and more warnings about the use of the product.
However, the CPSC says that Baby Matters failed to address the potential dangers of the product when used in a crib and without the harness straps securely fastened. Infants can fall out of the Nap Nanny or become wedged between the sides of the crib and the mattress.
The organization says at least four infants died in earlier Nap Nanny models, including the Nap Nanny Generation One and Two and Chill infant recliners, and it has received 70 additional incident reports.
The CPSC's lawsuit says Baby Matters should notify consumers about the risks of its products and refund the cost to those who purchased them. The company went out of business in November 2012.