Consumer Product Safety Commission sues Nap Nanny manufacturer after 5 reported baby deaths

The federal government stepped in Wednesday against a baby furniture manufacturer that it claims caused at least five infant deaths.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission filed a complaint against Baby Matters, LLC, alleging three of its products -- the Nap Nanny Generation One and Two and Chill model -- pose a danger to its child users.

The CSPC reports receiving more than 70 additional complaints of children falling out of the recliners.

The commission cited failed discussions with the company over an appropriate voluntary recall plan as the reason for the complaint filing.

Baby Matters has denied the allegations.

"Today the CPSC filed an administrative complaint against our company seeking legal authority to stop the sale of all Nap Nanny recliners on the theory that the Nap Nanny is a hazardous product," Baby Matters said in a website release. "We do not believe the complaint has merit and stand behind the safety of our product when used as instructed."

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In 2010, CPSC and Baby Matters issued an $80 coupon to Generation One owners toward the purchase of a newer model.

Baby Matters, which went out of business in November, blamed the "ongoing battle with the CPSC" for the closure.

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