Big Recall Of Baby Monitors Linked To 2 Deaths

2:28 PM, Feb 11, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly 2 million Summer Infant video baby monitors are being recalled after two strangulation deaths.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says electrical cords on the monitors can present a strangulation hazard if placed too close to babies' cribs.

The commission says that was the case with a 10-month-old girl from Washington DC, who died in March and a 6-month-old boy from Conway, S.C., who died in November.

In all, about 1.7 million monitors -- more than 40 different models of handheld, digital and color monitors -- are being recalled by Summer Infant of Woonsocket, R.I.

Parents are urged to check the location of the monitors to ensure that the cords are out of arm's reach of a child.

The company will provide new warning labels and safety instructions.

Another recall of Summer Infant video monitors is linked to rechargeable battery issues. About 58,000 "Slim and Secure" video monitors may have a battery in the handheld monitor that can overheat and rupture, posing a burn hazard.


If you have one of the impacted "Slim and Secure" models, stop using the model immediately. And contact Summer Infant. The company will send you free replacement battery.

To reach Summer Infant, call (800) 426-8627 or visit their website at



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