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Mom Alert: Baby Monitors Recalled, Linked to 2 Deaths

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The strangulation death of two infants has led to a recall of nearly two million Summer Infant video baby monitors, according to Associated Press.

Summer Infant Monitor

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning parents of the dangers of putting electrical cords of baby monitors too close to a baby's crib.

"I urge all parents and caregivers to put at least 3 feet between any video or audio baby monitor cords and a child in a crib," said Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "This simple step can save your child's life."

A 10-month-old girl from Washington, D.C. died in March, and a 6-month-old boy from Conway, S.C. died in November -- both caused by strangling on the cord of a Summer Infant monitor placed too close to their cribs.

In addition to the baby monitor recall, Summer Infant is also recalling the rechargeable batteries in another 58,000 video monitors sold exclusively at Babies R Us in 2009 and 2010. The batteries sold with certain Slim and Secure Video Monitors can overheat, rupture and possibly burn people, says the commission.

For more information on model numbers of recalled monitors, consumers can go to Summer Infant's website or call the company at 800-426-8627.

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Rachel Humphrey February 11, 2011, 4:20 PM

I think it’s crazy this maker has to recall a product because of neglect of these parents. I know everyone is going to jump me saying “how can you say this these poor parents” but gosh think about what your doing. You don’t place a child at the top of stairs in hopes they don’t fall. We don’t have to recall the stair makers saying you didn’t say my baby could fall down and prob. will. I think it’s common sense that if you put a cord (from anything) next to a baby in a crib they can and prob. will grab it and can and prob will strangle themselves with it. Do we need to recall EVERYTHING with a cord to make sure parents are doing their job.

Sara February 11, 2011, 4:48 PM

How is that the companies fault? It’s common sense to know that you shouldn’t put cords next to kids.

katie February 11, 2011, 5:26 PM

We bought and still have that same monitor. It is great and totally safe. Of course I, like most parents kept the cord far away from the crib because that seems pretty logical. I guess some parents are not logical. Think people!!!!

XXXX February 12, 2011, 8:33 AM

There’s a lot of STUPID parents out there!

anonymous February 12, 2011, 9:44 AM

Oh no! Cords can strangle babies? I better get my Baby-Knits-A-Lot kit away from my child now!

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