Sunday, February 13, 2011

Major Baby Monitor Recall

I absolutely love our baby monitor and I am so glad it isn't the one that's recalled! It's just a regular "sound" monitor without a camera by Avent. This recall for Summer Infant video monitors is certainly a big concern considering babies died from strangulation. However, I am wondering what makes this monitor different than any other monitor. Don't most of them have cords? Am I the only one who doesn't understand the difference here? We keep our monitor on the dresser on the other side of the room and we have a crib cage to make sure the baby can't get out and hurt himself. So I guess I am a little overboard! If you have a baby monitor or cord by the crib, I hope this is a warning to move it farther away.

FROM THE CPSC: The cords can present a strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers if placed too close to a crib. Because of this serious strangulation risk, parents and caregivers should never place these and other corded cameras within three feet of a crib.

Over the past year CPSC and the firm have received reports of two strangulation deaths of infants with the electrical cords of Summer Infant video baby monitors. In March 2010 a 10-month old girl from Washington, D.C. strangled in her crib in the electrical cord of a Summer Infant video monitor. The monitor camera had been placed on top of the crib rail.

In November 2010 CPSC received a report of a six-month old boy from Conway, S.C., who strangled in the electrical cord of a baby monitor placed on the changing table attached to the crib. In January 2011 CPSC learned the product involved was a Summer Infant video baby monitor.

CPSC and the firm are also aware of a near strangulation incident in which a 20-month old boy from Pittsburg, Pa. was found in his crib with the camera cord wrapped around his neck. The Summer Infant monitor camera was mounted on the wall, but the child was still able to reach the cord. He was freed from the cord without serious injury.

FROM MSNBC: Nearly 2 million Summer Infant video baby monitors were recalled Friday after being linked to the strangulation deaths of two infants.

The Consumer Product Safety Commissionsays the electrical cords on the monitors can be dangerous for babies if placed too close to their cribs.

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

The company will provide new on-product warning labels and instructions about monitor placement.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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