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Baby Recliners Allegedly Linked to Deaths Recalled

By Renee Nordstrand on June 20, 2013

As part of a settlement with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Baby Matters LLC of Pennsylvania is recalling baby recliners that have allegedly been linked to five infant deaths.

Baby Matters recalled its Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill recliners under pressure from the CPSC,,which had filed an administrative complaint against the company in December of 2012 after Baby Matters refused to recall the product voluntarily. Filing an administrative complaint, which seeks a court ruling to have a product mandatorily removed from the market, is a rare action for CPSC to take.

The company had been in negotiations with CPSC to keep the products on the market since the complaint was filed, but finally voluntarily recalled the products. CPSC says it will now drop the complaint.

Five infant deaths were allegedly linked to the baby recliners. The president of the company contended that the products were used improperly in four out of the five deaths, despite clearly labeled warnings against such use. She rejected the CPSC’s contention that businesses are responsible for their products’ misuse.

In response, a spokesman for the CPSC said that the commission believed that the products presented a substantial hazard and the allegations that the products may have been used improperly did not absolve Baby Matters from responsibility.

“A company needs to anticipate the ways in which consumers will use their products,” he stated.

The company has had one wrongful death suit filed against it in connection with an infant death. Baby Matters will not be accepting returns because it is no longer in business. CPSC urged consumers to immediately dispose of the products and to contact the consumer commission concerning returns and refunds.

If you believe that a defectively designed or manufactured product has caused an injury or a death, the product liability attorneys at the Law Office of Reneé J. Nordstrand want to speak with you. By law, it is a manufacturer’s duty to produce products that are safe for consumers — especially when those products are targeted for children.

If you have questions about your legal rights, call us or contact us online for a free, no-obligation review of your case today.

 

CPSC Files Complaint Against Infant Recliner Manufacturer

By Renee Nordstrand on December 11, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has filed a complaint against Baby Matters LLC, claiming that the Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill infant recliners the company produces are dangerous and pose a substantial risk of injury and death to infants.

The product liability attorneys in California at the Law Offices of Renee J. Nordstrand have learned that the CPSC voted 3-0 to issue the complaint after talks with the company failed to result in an acceptable voluntary recall plan.

The complaint contends that the Nap Nanny Generation One and Two and Chill model infant recliners have defective designs and inadequate instructions and warnings. The complaint seeks to obtain an order that would require Baby Matters to recall those models and offer full refunds to consumers.

The Pennsylvania-based manufacturer and the CPSC issued a joint recall of Nap Nanny recliners in July of 2010 after the Commission received reports that one infant had died and 22 others had either fallen out or were found hanging over the sides of the product — even though most had been strapped in.

Despite a coupon incentive to upgrade to the next generation of recliner and “improved” warnings and instructions for the second generation of recliners the company offered after the 2010 recall, the CPSC continued to receive reports of death and injuries associated with the products. To date, four infant deaths involving Nap Nanny recliners and one involving the Chill model have been reported.

About 155,000 of the affected models were sold between 2009 and 2012.

Product safety, especially when it comes to items marketed for infants and children, should be a manufacturer’s top priority. The Law Offices of Renée J. Nordstrand help our clients by aggressively pursuing their legal rights. If a defective product has injured you or a loved one, call our Santa Barbara office at (805) 962-2022. We can also be contacted via our online Contact Form.

 

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