*For immediate release
On November 21, 2013, Angelcare Monitors Inc. voluntarily recalled the Angelcare Movement and Sound Baby Monitor due to 2 cord strangulation deaths. *Source: www.cpsc.gov
This is especially tragic because the monitors were designed to ease the level of worry and anxiety for many parents while their babies are sleeping. Parents often worry that their babies may die in their sleep due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The monitor was supposed to offer the peace of mind parents needed.
Traditional monitors only allow parents to hear noises. In addition to sound, the Angelcare Movement Sensor with Sound Monitors also detect the baby’s movement for breathing through a sensor pad placed under the crib mattress. Therefore, if the sensor pad detects no movement in the crib, it will alert the parents.
In addition to the 2 tragic deaths, there were 2 reports of infants entangled in the cords which luckily did not result in injury or fatality.
The cord attached to the Angelcare baby monitor’s sensor pad poses a strangulation hazard for babies. Though the sensor pad is placed under the crib mattress, a baby can pull the cord into the crib. The cord can get wrapped around the baby’s neck. The company is recalling the product to provide rigid cord covers for the 600,000 monitors.
The Angelcare monitors involved have the following model numbers: AC1100, AC201, AC300, AC401 AC601 and 49255. These models did not have the rigid cord covers and were manufactured between 1999 and 2013. They were sold at Babies R Us/Toys R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Amazon.com, Target.com and other retailers for about $100-$300.
This is not the first time baby monitor cords have caused strangulation in babies. Other brands of monitors with cords also caused infant deaths in recent years. Since 2002, there have been 7 reports of strangulation involving baby monitor cords. CPSC issued a safety alert in February 2011 to warn parents/consumers of these deaths.
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