Government safety regulators are reaching out to parents and caregivers to alert them about the Nap Nanny a product that was recalled and discontinued after more than 92 incidents and at least five deaths.

According to a news report in The Daily Record, an 8-month-old baby in Hopatcong, New Jersey, died as recently as March 16 as a result of this defective product.

The baby had been put to bed on the Nap Nanny in a crib. When the parents checked on the child in the morning, the baby had died.

Defective Design Could Prove Fatal

The infant had been secured by a belt and was found partially hanging over the side of a Nap Nanny recliner, trapped between the product and a crib bumper.

Nap Nanny, manufactured by Pennsylvania-based Baby Matters, recalled all models of the infant recliners and covers as part of the settlement of an administrative case filed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in December 2012.

The CPSC sought a mandatory recall of the Nap Nanny products. The agency has repeatedly urged consumers to immediately stop using these recliners.

About 165,000 of the Nap Nanny and Chill products were sold between 2009 and 2012 for about $130 and all products were taken off the shelves of major retail stores such as Toys R Us or Babies R Us.

Although consumers can obtain refunds from the retailers, the company is not offering refunds because it is defunct.

Protecting your Child From Defective Products

According to the article, five of the six deaths occurred in a Nap Nanny recliner placed in a crib with a crib bumper where the caregiver thought the child would be safe.

But problems occurred when a baby partly fell or hung over the side of Nap Nanny, getting trapped between the recliner and crib bumpers. In some cases, the babies suffocated on the inside of the recliner.

There are several steps parents and caregivers can take to protect children from dangerous and defective products:

  • Research products before you buy them – whether it is online, in a retail outlet or in a garage sale.
  • Be wary of hand-me-down items. Check the CPSC’s web site before you use any children’s products.
  • If a product you are using for your child has been recently recalled, stop using it immediately.

If your child has been injured as the result of a defective product, please contact an experienced product defect recall lawyer to obtain more information about your legal rights and options.