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Nap Nanny Recall: When Products Injure Our Infants

Craig McClellan

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), Nap Nanny, a popular item used to help infants sleep, is simply too dangerous. "[Nap Nannies] contain defects in the design, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death to infants," the CPSC said in a recent call to have the recliners recalled.

Nap Nanny's manufacturer, Baby Matters LLC, however, refused to recall the product, causing retailers to announce a voluntary recall of Nap Nanny Generations One and Two and Nap Nanny Chill.

More than 70 kids have been injured and at least five deaths have been reported from the defective products. "We believe it is a hazardous product and we are concerned about the safety of the children," a CPSC spokesman said.

The owner of the Nap Nanny disagrees, stating that the product is safe when used as instructed. The CPSC countered that "reasonably foreseeable use" of the product could cause injury and death to infants.

Any product that can cause death when used in a foreseeable manner, even if the particular way of using the product is not recommended by the manufacturer, should be put under scrutiny. That scrutiny is even more vital when the product could harm our children.

If your child has been harmed by the Nap Nanny or another consumer product, you may be able to hold the company liable through a product liability lawsuit. Product liability lawsuits can provide compensation to victims and their families; more importantly, they can help take dangerous and defective products off the market and make sure that they no longer injure our children.