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Baby monitors recalled after strangulation deaths

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a voluntary recall of 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.

Angelcare and CPSC have received reports of two infant cord strangulation deaths.

In November 2011, a 13-month-old female died in San Diego, California, and, in August 2004, an 8-month-old female died in Salem, Oregon. In both fatalities, the cord from the sensor pads was pulled into the crib by the infant.

In addition, there were 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.

The recall involves the Movement and Sound Monitor that includes a sensor pad placed inside the crib, under the mattress, to monitor movement of the baby. 

An 11-foot-long electrical cord is permanently connected from the sensor pad to the nursery monitor unit.

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 for about $100 to $300.

Consumers should immediately make sure cords are placed out of reach of the child and contact Angelcare toll-free at (855)355-2643 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.angelcarebaby.com to order the free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: Angelcare toll-free at (855) 355-2643 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, e-mail at consumers@angelcare.com or online at www.angelcarebaby.com and click on the safety notice section of the website for more information.

 

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