February 17, 2011 - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling 1.7 million Summer Infant video baby monitors that have electrical cords. If the cord is placed within an infant or toddler's reach, it can strangle the child.
As of February 11, 2011, Summer Infant and the CPSC were aware of 2 incidents in which infants were strangled by the electrical cords. A 10-month-old female was strangled in March 2010. The camera's monitor had been positioned on the rail of the crib.
In the other incident, which occurred in November 2010, a 6-month-old male strangled when the monitor was placed on a changing table that was attached to his crib.
There was also a report of a 20-month-old male from Pittsburg whose neck became entangled in the camera cord. Although the monitor had been mounted on a wall, he was able to grab the cord. The boy was freed and did not sustain serious injuries.
Summer Infant will add labels to the video monitors warning parents and caregivers to keep the cords at least 3 feet away from cribs.
The recalled monitors were distributed from January 2003 to February 2011 and sold at retailers across the United States for $60 to $300. The monitors were manufactured in China and about 40 models were made, including digital, handheld and color video. The name Summer is printed on the product.
Parents and caregivers are urged to make sure the cords are not within reach of their children. To get a new cord with a warning label and information about safely mounting the camera, call Summer Infant: 1-800-426-8627.
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