Doug / 02-14-2011 / Defective products

Summer Infant Baby Monitor Recall Due to Strangulation Risk

According to CNN, a popular baby monitor model is under a massive product recall after two cases of strangled babies in the United States. The recall includes almost 2 million Summer Infant baby video monitors. Summer Infant is voluntarily recalling handheld, digital and color video monitors, around 40 different models. The monitors are made in China and sold nationwide. The company urges parents to check their baby monitors for “Summer” logo visible on all items.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says electrical cords on the monitor pose a strangulation hazard if placed too close to a crib. Two babies died because of cord strangulation, a 10-month-old girl from Washington, DC and a 6-month-old boy from South Carolina.

A 20-month-old boy from Pennsylvania was found in his crib with a Summer Infant monitor cord wrapped around his neck. Luckily, the boy survived without any serious injuries.

Summer Infant baby monitors are priced between $60 and $300, and sold between January 2003 to present. Popular retailers, including Walmart, Target and baby specialty stores carry the affected baby monitors.

Parents are urged to keep baby monitors at least 3 feet away from their child’s crib, as children can grab on to loose cords and pull them towards or in cribs, increasing a serious risk of personal injury.

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