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From Products Liability Law Daily, April 24, 2014

Company expands recall of rechargeable batteries used in video baby monitors due to overheating

By Joe Bichl

Summer Infant, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, has expanded its recall of rechargeable batteries used in video baby monitors to include an additional 740,000 units and there have been additional reports of incidents. Some 58,800 monitors were recalled in 2011. The monitor’s rechargeable batteries can overheat, cause burns, and, in some cases, property damage. Summer Infant has received 22 reports of overheated and ruptured batteries, including incidents of smoke and minor property damage.

Product description. The recall includes more than 20 models of Summer Infant handheld color video baby monitors and involves rechargeable batteries in Summer Infant handheld color video monitors. The rechargeable batteries are about 1 ½” tall by 2 ¼” wide and are ¼” thick, black, and are marked with TCL on the lower right corner of the battery. Monitors are sold with a matching camera and A/C adaptors. Battery numbers, monitor names, and model numbers of the recalled items can be found here.

According to CPSC’s On Safety Blog, Summer Infant is providing a postage-paid envelope to return the batteries in exchange for a free replacement battery. The company is urging consumers to stop using the video monitors immediately, remove the batteries, and contact Summer Infant at (800) 426-8627 to get the free replacement battery. However, Summer Infant indicated that the monitor can continue to be used on AC power with the power cord. The CPSC blog cautioned consumers that when using the traditional baby monitor cords, they should be kept at least three feet away from an infant’s crib to avoid a strangulation hazard.

The monitors, which were manufactured in China, were sold at mass merchants, including Babies “R” Us, online retailers, and independent juvenile specialty stores, from about February 2010 through 2012 for between $150 to $350.

Consumer Contact: Summer Infant at (800) 426-8627 anytime or online at www.summerinfant.com/alerts/battery-recall for information on battery replacement.

Companies: Summer Infant

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