Baby monitor recall issued after 2 infant strangulation deaths

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The CPSC has issued a voluntary recall of these Angelcare baby monitors after two infant strangulation deaths were reports. (Photo: CPSC)

The CPSC has issued a voluntary recall of these Angelcare baby monitors after two infant strangulation deaths were reports. (Photo: CPSC)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Candian company Angelcare Monitors Inc., has announced a voluntary recall to provide cord covers for 600,000 Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitors with Sensor Pads.

According to the CPSC, the cord attached to the baby monitor’s sensor pad is placed under the crib mattress, which poses a strangulation risk if the child pulls the cord into the crib and it becomes wrapped around the neck. Two infant cord cord strangulation deaths have been reported due to the issue in California and Oregon.

“In both fatalities, the cord from the sensor pads was pulled into the crib by the infant,” the CPSC wrote in a press release. “In addition, there have been two 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.”

The recall involves the Movement and Sound Monitor manufactured by Angelcare. This design of baby monitor, according to the CPSC, includes a unique sensor pad placed inside the crib, under the mattress, to monitor movement of the baby. 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 CPSC said. The cord can be pulled into the crib and can wrap around the child’s neck.

The recall involves all versions of Angelcare sensor monitors including model numbers:   AC1100, AC201, AC300, AC401 AC601 and 49255 that did not include rigid cord covers, offered in the remedy.  The model number is located on the back of the nursery monitor unit. The monitors were manufactured between 1999 and 2013.

Angelcare 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.

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

Consumers should immediately make sure cords are placed out of reach of the child and contact Angelcare toll-free at 855-355-2643 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. MST Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website to order the free repair kit.

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