Safety experts urge parents to stop using 'Nap Nanny' after six infant deaths

NEW YORK - Safety experts are urging parents to stop using the Nap Nanny infant recliner after the death of a sixth baby.

The latest death involved an 8-month-old girl in New Jersey, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported. The baby was trapped between the Nap Nanny and a crib bumper and eventually suffocated, ABC News reported.

CPSC Communications Director Scott Wolfson said parents should avoid the recliners at yard sales, as hand-me-downs or in online auctions. The devices originally sold for $125. Five other deaths were reported in 2012. 

“Our message to parents is clear: Stop using it. It’s dangerous,” Wolfson said. “There’s been six deaths already, and we don’t want another child to die unnecessarily.”

Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill recliners were sold between 2009 and 2012. Nap Nannies -- which are no longer sold in stores -- were recalled in 2013, but for months the company that made the portable recliner refused to pull it from shelves or offer refunds, instead insisting on the product’s safety when used properly, ABC News reported.

In a statement, an official with the company, now out of business for two years, told ABC News it was heartbroken for the families who have lost a child, but said the Nap Nanny was never intended for use in
a crib.

It is now illegal to sell the Nap Nanny in the United States, Wolfson said.

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