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A major baby monitor recall is underway, so if you have an infant, take heed.
Two infants have already died and their deaths have been linked to the Summer Infant baby monitors. Nearly 2 million video baby monitors made by Summer Infant Inc., have been recalled due to a serious risk of strangulation. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the electrical cords present a danger to an infant if it is placed close to their crib.
The CPSC and Summer Infant urge parents to immediately inspect the location of the video monitors, cameras and all electrical cords to make sure they are out of the reach of their infant. "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, the Associated Press reports. "This simple step can save your child's life."
Consumers can call Summer Infant toll-free at (800) 426-8627 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for more information, including the model numbers of recalled Summer Infant video monitors. Consumers can also visit Summer Infant online at www.summerinfant.com/Home/Product-Recall.aspx to receive a new permanent electric cord warning label. The label is designed to inform parents about strangulation risks and provide revised instructions for how to safely mount the camera and make sure the cords are out of their infants reach.
The recalled video monitors were distributed between January 2003 and February 2011. They were sold at major retailers, mass merchandisers and baby stores nationwide. They came in over 40 different models, selling for between $60 and $300. The video monitors subject to baby monitor recall were made in China.