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Recall: Summer Infant Video Baby Monitors

>> Monday, February 14, 2011

There have been two recent recalls involving Summer Infant Video Baby Monitors in the last week. Please see the links below for more information.

Summer Infant has announced a recall of the rechargeable batteries sold with certain Slim and Secure Video Monitors. The battery in the handheld video monitor can overheat and rupture, posting a burn hazard to consumers. The recall involves Summer Infant Slim and Secure handheld color video monitors with unmarked, MP and BK rechargeable batteries. The Video Monitor is sold in either silver and white, model #02800; or pink and white, model #02805. Batteries that are marked TCL are not included in this recall. The monitor was sold exclusively at Babies"R"Us from September 2009 to May 2010 for about $200. Consumers should immediately stop using the video baby monitors with the recalled batteries and contact Summer Infant to receive a postage paid envelope to return the defective battery in exchange for a free replacement battery. The monitor can continue to be used on AC power with power cord. For more information, contact Summer Infant between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday at 800-426-8627 or visit the firm's website at www.summerinfant.com.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Summer Infant, Inc., is announcing the voluntary recall of Summer Infant video baby monitors with cords to provide new product label and instructions after two strangulation deaths. When placed too close to the crib, the electrical cord attached to the video monitor can present a strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers. Summer Infant has initiated a campaign to provide new on-product labels for electric cords and instructions to consumers with the recalled video monitors distributed between January 2003 and February 2011. The monitors were sold at major retailers, mass merchandisers, and juvenile product stores nationwide for between $60 and $300. They were sold in more than 40 different models, including handheld, digital, and color video monitors. All video monitors include both the camera (placed in the baby's room) and the hand held device (some models have two hand-held devices) that enable the caregiver the see and/or hear the baby from a specific distance. The brand "Summer" is found on the product.

CPSC and Summer Infant urge parents to immediately check the location of the video monitors, including cameras mounted on the wall, and all electric cords to make sure the cords are out of arm's reach of their child. Consumers should contact Summer Infant between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday at 800-426-8627 or visit the firm's website at www.summerinfant.com to receive a new permanent electric cord warning label about the strangulation risk and revised instructions about how to safely mount camera and keep cords out of child's reach.


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