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1.7M Baby Monitors Recalled for Strangulation Hazard

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February 12, 2011. Summer Infant, a Woonsocket, Rhode Island company that makes video baby monitors, is "voluntarily" recalling 1.7 million of the monitor systems, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced on Friday, February 11, 2011. The video baby monitor systems are made in China, but sold nationwide in the United States by various retailers. Two babies have died in the past 11 months from strangulation, including a 10 month-old little girl from Washington, D.C., who was tangled up in monitor cord. A 6 month-old boy fron Conway, South Carolina, died similarly. Typically, the infant video baby monitor is placed atop the crib or a changing table, with a cord attached to the monitor.

The CPSC has indicated that at least 7 babies and toddlers have died nationwide since 2004 from similar strangulation events. The video baby monitor systems were priced between $60 and $300, and were sold between January 2003 and February 2011 at mass merchandisers, baby specialty stores and other various retailers. The "Summer" brand is prominenlty displayed on the systems. There are approximately 40 models at issue, with each having a camera placed with the baby and a handheld device carried with the parents.

For additional information about this recall, please visit: www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11127.html

Consumers may also contact Summer’s toll free number at: (800) 426-8627

Additionally, the CPSC announced another recall of Summer infant monitors because of a "burn hazard". These monitors are labeled "Slim and Secure" and are either silver and white or pink and white. They were sold at Babies "R" Us from September 200 and May 2010. The rechargeable batteries with these systems can reportedly overheat and burst, potentially burning nearby persons.