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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Summer Infant Inc. today announced a voluntary recall of roughly 1.7 million Summer Infant video baby monitors so the company can provide a new product label and instructions. If placed too close to a baby's crib, the monitor's electrical cords can pose a strangulation risk to babies and toddlers. The death of two infants over the past year prompted the recall -- which follows an October 2010 CPSC safety alert that warned consumers of the risk of strangulation from baby monitor cords.
According to the CSPC, Summer Infant will provide new product labels and instructions to consumers who own one of the recalled monitors, which include more than 40 different models distributed from January 2003 to February 2011.
No matter what brand of baby monitor you own, it's crucial for baby's safety that it (and anything else with a cord) be placed more than three feet away from a crib. Both the CPSC and Summer Infant "urge parents to immediately check the location of the video monitors, including cameras mounted on the wall, and all electric cords to make sure the cords are out of arm’s reach of their child."
Do you own a Summer Infant monitor? Call the company at (800) 426-8627 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company's website to get a new warning label for the cord and a free safe installation guide.