Two Infants Strangled by Angelcare Baby Monitors, Product Recall Issued
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a product recall for 600,000 Angelcare Baby Monitors after two infants were strangled by the device.
In a press release on Thursday, November 21st, the CPSC announced the product recall after receiving complaints about the device’s cord, which is attached to the monitor’s sensor pad. Reportedly, the cord can wrap around a baby’s neck and strangle them.
The recalled products will be retrofitted with a cord cover to prevent further injuries.
The product recall covers all versions of Angelcare sensor monitors including model numbers: AC1100, AC201, AC300, AC401 AC601 and 49255 that do not contain cord covers. The items were sold between October 1999 and September 2013, at many retailers including Amazon.com, Overstock.com, Target.com, Babies R Us and Toys R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, and over 70 small retail specialty stores, for between $100 and $300.
The CPSC issued the product recall after two reported deaths related to strangulation because of the cord: a 13-month old girl died in San Diego, CA in 2011, and an 8-month old girl died in Salem, OR in 2004.
The cord on the device is supposed to be placed under the crib mattress, but children can sometimes pull the cord out and that can lead to a safety hazard. However, strangulation related to baby monitor cords is not new in the US – since 2002, the CPSC reports that there have been 8 strangulation deaths total.
People who own the products should immediately make sure cords are placed out of reach of the child and contact the Angelcare website to order the free repair kit or by calling the company directly at 855-355-2643. Monitors and cords should be at least three feet away from any part of the crib, playpen or other sleeping environments, according to babymonitorsafety.org, a website from the CPSC and Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.
Defective Product Recalls and Personal Injury in South Carolina
Every year, thousands of consumers sustain serious injuries from defective products, and improper or delayed product recalls. Many of these injuries could be avoided if the manufacturers or distributors of these products took additional steps to ensure consumer safety, such as issuing product recalls in a timely fashion. Although any product could be subject to a recall due to improper testing, some of the most common product recalls are for automobiles and automotive parts, drugs and medical devices, and children’s toys.
There are a number of reasons that defective products make it to our shelves:
- Defective manufacturing
- Inadequate testing
- Design defects
- Marketing Misrepresentation
To protect yourself and your family, it’s important to know what products have been recalled because they are defective or unsafe. Federal agencies such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) frequently issue product recalls for medical devices, drugs, and products that may be harmful to consumers.
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