Parents told to stop using Nap Nanny recliner after deaths

Danger: The Nap Nanny recliner chair that has been recalled.
Danger: The Nap Nanny recliner chair that has been recalled. 

Australian parents are being warned to stop using a baby chair known as the Nap Nappy or Chill Infant Recliner following the death of five children in the US.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issued a recall of the recliners after the latest incident, in which an eight-month-old girl from New Jersey died when she became trapped between the recliner and her cot.

The seat was originally designed to elevate an infant slightly to help reduce reflux and gas, but according to the ACCC website, the recliners pose a strangulation, entrapment and fall hazard to babies.

In addition to the deaths, more than 70 children in the US have been injured by the product since 2010.

It was pulled from the shelves in the US last June after the deaths and injuries. Authorities are now urging people to not sell or give the chairs away to other families.

"This is a product that should be out of homes and we urge all parents to stop using the product," US Consumer and Product Safety Commission spokesman Scott Wolfson said.

"Don’t sell it at a garage sale. Don't take it back to a local thrift store. Don't put it on eBay or Craigslist. Just throw it away."

In Australia, the product was sold in New South Wales and Queensland by trader fishpond.com.au. Australian parents who purchased the chair are advised to stop using it immediately and contact Fishpond to return the product and receive a full refund.

For more information visit the ACCC website