PHILADELPHIA — In response to a request earlier this month by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, four retailers have agreed to voluntarily recall Nap Nanny, a popular infant recliner produced by a Berwyn, Pa., company that has shut down amid reports of five infant deaths.
Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com and Toys R Us/Babies R Us have stopped selling the Nap Nanny Generations One and Two and the most-recent model, the Chill.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission called for the voluntary recall on Dec. 5, the same day it announced it had taken the unusual step of filing an administrative complaint against the company, Baby Matters LLC, alleging that its recliners contain defects in design, warnings and instructions that pose a “substantial risk of injury and death to infants.”
The CPSC is seeking a mandatory recall that provides consumers a refund.
Baby Matters founder Leslie Gudel, a Philadelphia Phillies reporter and anchor for Comcast SportsNet, shut down the company on Nov. 12, anticipating that CPSC was going to ask parents to stop using Nap Nanny and the Chill, and citing financial difficulties arising from months of negotiations with the regulatory agency.
Gudel maintains that the infant seats are safe, and that all the deaths cited by CPSC involved product misuse.