The death of a sixth infant in relation to a recalled baby recliner prompted another warning to parents from safety experts to stop using the product.
An 8-month-old New Jersey girl, who suffocated while using the Nap Nanny recliner, was the latest death reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Officials told ABC News, the infant became trapped in between the product and a crib bumper.
Four major retailers, Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com and Toys “R” Us/Babies “R” Us, recalled the product in December 2012 after five infants died while using the device and the company responsible for manufacturing the Nap Nanny, Baby Makers LLC, refused to issue the recall itself.
In light of the most recent death, CPSC officials reiterated their previous pleas that parents stop using the recliner immediately.
“Our message to parents is clear: Stop using it. It’s dangerous,” CPSC communications director Scott Wolfson said. “There’s been six deaths already, and we don’t want another child to die unnecessarily.”
The contraption has been extracted from retails stores, but some parents have acquired the Nap Nanny at yard sales, as hand-me-downs or online.
Baby Matters LLC, which has been out of business for two years, issued a statement apologizing to the families of the victims, but still maintained that the product was safe and not intended to be used in a crib.
CPSC filed a suit against the company in December 2012.
Wolfson said it is illegal to sell the Nap Nanny in the United States.