Nap Nanny infant recliner recall

The Nap Nanny® portable infant recliner recall

On August 6th 2010 Health Canada announced a recall of The Nap Nanny®. This is a portable infant recliner designed for sleeping, resting and playing. The seat includes a polyurethane foam base and a fitted fabric cover. The product support base is rectangular with a concave portion that is shaped like an infant car seat. The unit conforms to the body shape of an infant. The infant is secured to the concave portion with a harness that goes between the baby's legs.

The first generation model of the Nap Nanny®, distributed until August 2009, can be identified by the absence of "D"-rings in the foam base. The second generation models has a the harness system with "D"-rings in the foam base and VelcroTM straps inside the fitted fabric cover that connect the waist straps of the harness to the foam base.

Be aware that all UPC and model numbers for the first and second generation models are subject to this recall.

Why is the product considered unsafe?

Health Canada reports, "Infants can partially fall or hang over the side of the Nap Nanny® even while the harness is in use. This situation can be worse if the VelcroTM straps, located inside the Nap Nanny® cover are not properly attached to the "D"-rings located on the foam, or if consumers are using the first generation model Nap Nanny® that was sold without "D"-rings. In addition, if the Nap Nanny® is placed inside a crib, play yard or other confined area, which is not a recommended use, the infant can fall or hang over of the side of the Nap Nanny® and become entrapped between the crib side and the Nap Nanny® and suffocate. Likewise, if the Nap Nanny® is placed on a table, countertop, or other elevated surface and a child falls over the side, it poses a risk of serous head injury.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is investigating a report of a 4 month-old baby girl who died in a Nap Nanny® that was being used in a crib. The infant was in her harness and found hanging over the side of the product, caught between the Nap Nanny® and the crib bumper.

In the United States, the CPSC and Baby Matters are aware of one other incident in which an infant became entrapped when the Nap Nanny® was used in a crib, contrary to the product instructions. In that incident, the infant fell over the side of the Nap Nanny®, despite being harnessed in, and was caught between the baby recliner and the side of the crib. The infant sustained a cut to the forehead. The CPSC and the firm have also received 22 reports of infants, primarily younger than 5 months-old, hanging or falling out over the side of the Nap Nanny® despite most of the infants being placed in the harness. One infant received a bruise as a result of hanging over the side of the product.

In Canada, Health Canada and Baby Matters have not received any reports of deaths or injuries related to the use of the portable recliner."

What steps should I take?

It is advised that consumers with a first generation Nap Nanny® model, without "D"-rings, should stop using the recalled portable infant recliners immediately and contact Baby Matters to receive an $80 coupon towards the purchase of a new Nap Nanny® with free shipping. Consumers with a second generation Nap Nanny® model, with "D"-rings, should immediately stop using the recalled product until they are able to visit the firm's website to obtain new product instructions and warnings. Consumers will also view an important instructional video to help them ensure the harness is properly fastened. Consumers who are unable to view the video or new instructions on-line should contact the firm to receive free copies by mail.

To get more information, consumers may contact Baby Matters toll-free at 1-888-240-4282 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday (French speaking agents are available) or visit the firm's website

How many of these units have been sold?
The firm's website sold approximately 63 of the recalled portable infant recliners to Canadian consumers on the website, the units were sold from March 2009 to July 2010. The shipments started to Canada in February 2010. The units were manufactured in the United States and China. The distributor is Baby Matters LLC, of Berwyn, Pennsylvania.