The deaths of a six-month-old Conway, S.C., boy and a 10-month-old Washington, D.C., girl were reported to the CPSC in the past year. The agency said it learned in January that the product involved in the South Carolina death was a Summer Infant video monitor.
warning that baby monitor cords are a potential danger and had caused at least six deaths.The monitor's camera -- trained on infants so parents can keep a watchful eye from another room -- has a power cord that can dangle where the baby is located if not placed properly. Coincidentally, a model of Summer Infant baby video monitors sold only in Babies R Us stores is also being recalled today because the parents' monitor could have defective rechargeable batteries that can rupture. Five incidents preceded that separate recall.
The camera was on the top of the crib rail in the D.C. case and on a changing table attached to the crib in the South Carolina case. A toddler in Pittsburgh, Pa., nearly strangled though the camera watching him was mounted on a wall, the CPSC said.
The Chinese-made monitors were sold in 40 different models from January 2003 through February 2011 for $60 to $300.
Fixing the problem involves adding labels to electrical cords and issuing new instructions. Those who have the monitors are urged to check where it is placed to ensure the child cannot reach the cord.
"Cords and kids can be a deadly combination. I urge all parents and caregivers to put at least three feet between any video or audio baby monitor cords and a child in a crib," CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said in a statement sent to Consumer Ally. "This simple step can save your child's life."
For more information, call Summer Infant at (800) 426-8627 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit the company's recall site.
For those who purchased the Summer Infant Slim and Secure monitors at Babies R Us between September 2009 and May 2010 for about $200, call Summer Infant to trade the old battery for a new one. The batteries subject to the recall will either be unmarked or have the initials MP or BK on them. Those marked TCL are not being recalled.