A few years back, a product that seemed like a godsend for parents with children who could not fall asleep in cribs was released to the market. It was called the “Nap Nanny,” and it was a kind of seat that an infant could sit in to help it fall asleep. It mimicked the cozy, cradling position of a mother’s arms. However, reports began to come in that the Nap Nanny was not as safe as originally thought. One by one, reports of infant deaths came in. Evidently, due to a design flaw, infants could fall off the side of the Nap Nanny and get stuck between the seat and the side of the crib.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Nap Nanny is responsible for more than 90 incidents and five deaths. In 2012, the agency instituted a mandatory product recall, pulling the unit from all primary markets. However, the product has still been available at secondary markets, such as garage sales, online marketplaces, and thrift stores.
Yet Another Death Due to the Nap Nanny
According to an article by the Daily Record, just a few months ago in March, the Nap Nanny claimed its latest victim, an eight-month-old baby. The child’s parents set the baby down for bed and came back to check on him a few hours later. They found their child dead, stuck between the Nap Nanny and the side of the crib.
It is unclear where the family purchased the Nap Nanny, or how long ago they acquired it. However, back in 2012, many online retailers decided to stop carrying the product, after several reports of its potential dangers. It is therefore possible that they acquired the defective product through a secondary source.
Defective Product Liability
Whenever a company makes a defective product, it is liable for the damages that it causes to customers who use the product as designed. In the case of the Nap Nanny, this would include any normal use of the product.
In addition to the manufacturing company, other companies who are in the stream of commerce may also be liable to the injured consumer, depending on the specific facts of the case. However, it is not unusual for a retailer, wholesaler, and manufacturer to all be found jointly liable for a dangerous product.
Have You Been Injured By a Dangerous Product?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured by a defective product, you may be entitled to monetary compensation to cover your medical expenses as well as for any pain and suffering caused by the accident. If you lost a loved one due to the defective product, you may also be entitled to compensation for your loss. To find out more about product liability actions, and to speak to a dedicated Washington DC products liability attorney about your case, contact the Washington law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. The skilled and knowledgeable attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen have years of experience recovering for their clients and know what it takes to bring a winning claim. Click here, or call 410-654-3600 today to schedule your free initial consultation.
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