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Defective product or defective parents?

By Scott Tibbs, June 13, 2014

I came across a picture on Facebook last week, which is actually a rehash of an old story about the now-discontinued Nap Nanny product. Once again, we have nanny-state overreach and cultural overreaction to a lack of common sense and an inability to follow simple directions. A couple pull quotes:

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, the latest tragedy involved an 8-month-old girl from New Jersey. The baby suffocated while secured by a belt, trapped between the product and a crib bumper. CPSC officials said the infant was found stuck over the side of a Nap Nanny.


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.

The death of any infant is tragic, especially when that death is so easily preventable. The Nap Nanny product, when used as directed, will not cause the death of infants sleeping in them. The directions are clear: Do not put them on a raised surface or table (because infants can kick themselves off of the raised surface) and do not place the nap product in the crib. Parents ignored safety instructions and used the product in a way that was not intended. That is not the fault of the manufacturer or an indication of a faulty product.

Compare this to the often-derided McDonald's "Hot Coffee" lawsuit, where the coffee was kept at a significantly higher temperature than industry standard. It was not just hot - it was dangerously hot.

What we have here is the Obama regime driving another legitimate business to close, because consumers are misusing the product. We saw this two years ago with BuckyBalls, which faced pressure from the Obama regime because of the alleged "danger" the product presented to children. Of course, BuckyBalls were never dangerous to children, provided the people buying them could follow simple instructions - like the fact that they were meant for adults and small children should not be allowed to play with them!

Now we have two companies that have gone out of business thanks to Barack Obama and his collection of nanny state ninnies in his regime. Because of Obama, a number of families lost their livelihood, and suppliers and retailers lost a revenue stream. Not because either product was defective or dangerous, but because some consumers simply did not care enough to follow instructions. The children harmed were not harmed by the products, but by bad parenting. That should not be a reason for Barack Obama to attack and drive legitimate companies out of business.

This kind of nonsense needs to stop. But it will never stop as long as people like Obama are in power.