2 million baby monitors recalled

February 12th, 2011 - 1:53 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington DC, Feb 11 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that nearly 2 million Summer Infant video monitors have been recalled after it emerged they could cause strangulation in infants.

The recall was announced on Friday and the CPSC say the threat comes from the video’s electrical cords. The commission explains that the cables can hang so loosely near the baby that they can be strangled by it.

The threat is not just theorized, it has happened. Two children have been killed by strangulations because of the loose wires on the monitors. One baby was killed in Washington, D.C. The other child killed was a 20-month-old baby from Pittsburgh.

The chairman of CPSC had these words for parents, “I urge all parents and caregivers to put at least 3 feet between any video or audio baby monitor cords and a child in a crib. This simple step can save your child’s life.”

CSPC explained that the affected monitors were sold between 2003 and 2011. The monitors were sold at all the major retail shops in the United States.

Summer Infant estimates that about 1.7 million monitors are expected to be returned.

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