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February 21, 2011

Monitor Designed for Infant Safety Kills Two Infants

A baby monitor, designed to keep infants safe, ironically ended up killing two infants in the U.S. in 2010, prompting a recall in February 2011. Summer Infant, Inc., a manufacturer of baby safety products, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has recalled 1.7 million video baby monitors after two babies were strangled to death by the product.

Since 2004, there have been seven reports of infant strangulations due to baby monitors. The first reported strangulation caused by Summer Infant video monitors happened in March 2010 and the second in November 2010. Both infants were strangled by the electrical cords of their monitors.

Summer Infant is not making changes to the product. Instead, it is issuing new warning labels and revised instructions for monitors with electrical cords, along with providing consumer education. Consumers can go the the Summer Infant website to receive this information or call 1-800-426-8627.

The video monitors affected by the recall were sold between January 2003 and February 2011 nationwide for $60 to $300.

The CPSC and Summer Infant warn parents that the cords on the monitors can be dangerous if placed within a baby's reach. Parents and caregivers are urged to check the placement of their monitors and cords and make sure their infants are not able to reach the electric cords on the monitors.

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