BY KRISTEN BRODY
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“Summer Infant of Woonsocket is voluntarily recalling nearly two million of its baby monitors after two infants were strangled to death.” (WPRI)
It’s always sad to report on death--but even more so when it’s an infant. Pennsylvania’s ABC-affiliate WHTM says......the recall is “...linked to the death of a 10-month-old Washington, D.C. girl last March and a six-month-old South Carolina boy in November.
In both cases, the monitors had been placed on or near the cribs.”
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling two different Summer Infant monitor products-- some due to the attached electrical cord and others for the rechargeable batteries.
CPSC reports: “...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.”
...and CNN reports: “...the rechargeable batteries sold with some of these monitors can overheat and burst, thus potentially burning people.”
This “product was sold for about $200 only at Babies ‘R’ Us between September 2009 and May 2010”
Bloomberg Businessweek says Summer Infant products sold from January 2003 to February 2011 will receive new warning labels and instructions...
Atlanta’s WSBTV talked to the mother of am 18-month-old and a child safety expert.
“So often you buy a product with the intention of one thing that you overlook that it could be a danger.”
“You get used to things being in a certain configuration. It’s just when the child starts to become mobile that it becomes an issue.”
A CNN news blog also reported that at least seven babies and toddlers nationwide have died since 2004 after being strangled by monitor cords...the last two involving Summer Infant items.
South Carolina’s WMBF says the recall isn’t about fixing the product but warning the public.
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