Two Product Recalls of Defective Baby Monitors Because of Strangulation and Burn Hazards


March 11, 2011

Two distinct hazards associated with Summer baby monitors have resulted in independent Summer baby monitor recalls. The most serious of the recalls relates to a strangulation hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in conjunction with Summer Infant Inc., of Woonsocket, R.I. recently announced the recall. The recall affects about 1.7 million baby monitors produced by the company because infants and toddlers can become entangled in the power cord when the monitor is placed close to the infant, creating a strangulation hazard. The company that produces the cameras is being asked to change labeling to make it clear that the camera should not be used within three feet of children. If a dangerous or defective product has injured your child, he or she may be entitled to compensation. The compassionate and experienced product defect attorneys at the Atlanta law firm of Montlick and Associates have been representing Georgia residents injured by defective products for over 27 years.

The recall has been issued in the wake of two separate fatal strangulation accidents. The first infant baby monitor strangulation accident occurred when a ten month old girl from Washington D.C. was strangled in her crib by the cord of a Summer baby monitor, which had been placed on the railing of her crib. In the second fatal infant strangulation accident, a six month old boy in South Carolina was strangled by the cord of a Summer baby monitor that had been placed on a changing station affixed to the child’s crib. These two fatal accidents and a near strangulation accident of a 20 month old boy prompted recall of the monitors.

The recall covers 40 different models of Summer baby monitors sold between 2003 and February of 2011. The company is placing warning labels regarding the risk of strangulation and importance of keeping the product and cord out of the reach of infants and toddlers. Consumers who contact the company will receive a new warning label with updated mounting instructions. Consumers should contact Summer Infant toll-free at (800) 426-8627 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.summerinfant.com.

The second Summer baby monitor recall involves baby monitors with defective batteries sold exclusively by Babies R Us. About 58,000 rechargeable batteries sold with certain Slim and SecureT Video Monitors are defective which may cause them to overheat and rupture resulting in burn injuries. Several incidents involving ruptured batteries have been reported to date. The recall covers Summer Infant Slim and Secure handheld color video monitors with unmarked, MP and BK rechargeable batteries. Anyone who purchased one of these baby monitors should immediately stop using the video baby monitors with the recalled batteries and contact Summer Infant to receive a postage paid envelope to return the defective battery in exchange for a free replacement battery. The report announcing the recall indicated that it was still safe to use the monitor when running on AC power.

If your child has been injured or suffered a tragic strangulation accident caused by a defective Summer baby monitor or any other defective product, the experienced Atlanta defective product lawyers at Montlick and Associates can help you seek compensation for your child’s injuries. We have spent over a quarter of a century working for the best interests of people injured by defective products throughout Atlanta and all of Georgia. Our Georgia product defect lawyers will help you seek the compensation you deserve.

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