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From Products Liability Law Daily, November 21, 2013

CPSC, Angelcare Monitors announce recall of 600,000 baby monitors

By Joe Bichl

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Angelcare Monitors Inc.®, of Quebec, Canada, have announced a recall of 600,000 Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitors with Sensor Pads. The cord attached to the baby monitor’s sensor pad is placed under the crib mattress. CPSC and Angelcare are warning that this creates a strangulation risk if the child pulls the cord into the crib and it becomes wrapped around the child’s neck. Angelcare has indicated that it will provide cord covers for the monitors that are designed to prevent a child from pulling the cord into the crib. (CPSC Recall Notice, 14-028, November 21, 2013)

Infant deaths reported. Angelcare and CPSC have received reports of two infant cord-related deaths. In November 2011, a 13-month-old died in California, and, in August 2004, an 8-month-old died in Oregon. In both cases, according to the recall notice, the cord from the sensor pads was pulled into the crib by the infant. There were two other reports of infants who became entangled in cords of Angelcare baby monitor models, which did not result in fatalities. In these incidents, it could not be determined if the “sensor pad cord” or the “monitor cord” was involved in the incident, CPSC indicated.

Product description. The recall involves the Movement and Sound Monitor manufactured by Angelcare. This design of baby monitor includes a unique sensor pad placed inside the crib, under the mattress, to monitor movement of the infant. An electrical cord about 11 feet long is permanently connected from the sensor pad to the nursery monitor unit. The hazard is created by a cord within reach of a baby inside the crib. The cord can be pulled into the crib and can wrap around the child’s neck, according to the Angelcare. The recall involves all versions of Angelcare sensor monitors including model numbers: AC1100, AC201, AC300, AC401, AC601, and 49255. The model number is located on the back of the nursery monitor unit. The monitors were manufactured between 1999 and 2013.

The recalled baby monitors were sold at Babies R Us/Toys R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Meijer, Sears, Walmart, www.Amazon.comwww.Target.com,www.Overstock.com, and nearly 70 small baby specialty stores, from October 1999 through September 2013 for about $100 to $300.

Remedy. Consumers are being advised to make sure cords are placed out of reach of the child and to contact Angelcare toll-free at (855)355-2643 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at www.angelcarebaby.com to order the free repair kit.

Angelcare indicated that it is providing consumers with a repair kit that includes rigid protective cord covers (through which the sensor pad cords can be threaded); a new, permanent electric cord warning label about the strangulation risk; and revised instructions.

CPSC campaign on monitor cords. In February 2011, CPSC issued a safety alert warning consumers that industry-wide there had been seven reports of strangulation in baby monitor cords since 2002. Since that alert, the number of death reports has risen to eight, two of which involved the Angelcare monitors with sensor cords. CPSC has a safety alert Infants Can Strangle in Baby Monitor Cords and conducted an information and education campaign with JPMA in which Angelcare has taken an active role to raise awareness on the hazards associated with baby monitor cords, according to CPSC.

Companies: Angelcare Monitors Inc.®

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