Baby video monitors recalled due to strangulation deaths

Two strangulation deaths have prompted a recall of 1.7 million Summer Infant brand video baby monitors with cords, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The cords on the devices present a strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers if placed too close to the crib. New product labels and instructions will be placed on the products warning parents and caregivers that they should never place these and other corded cameras within three feet of a crib.

In March 2010, a 10-month-old girl from Washington, D.C., strangled in her crib in the electrical cord of a Summer Infant video monitor. The monitor camera had been placed on top of the crib rail. In November 2010, a 6-month-old boy from Conway, S.C., was strangled in the electrical cord of a Summer Infant video monitor placed on the changing table attached to the crib. The CSPS is also aware of a near strangulation incident in which a 20-month-old boy from Pittsburg, Penn., was found in his crib with the camera cord wrapped around his neck. The Summer Infant monitor camera was mounted on the wall, but the child was still able to reach the cord. He was freed from the cord without serious injury.

In October 2010, CSPC first issued a safety alert on baby monitors warning consumers that there had been six reports of strangulation in baby monitor cords since 2004. This includes various brands. Since that alert one more strangulation death has been reported.

Summer Infant has initiated a campaign to provide new on-product warnings for electric cords and instructions to consumers with the recalled video monitors distributed between January 2003 and February 2011. The monitors were sold at major retailers, mass merchandisers, and juvenile products stores nationwide for between $60 and $300. The recall affects more than 40 different models, including handheld, digital, and color video monitors. All monitors include both the camera (which is placed in the baby’s room) and the handheld device (some models have two handheld devices) that enable the caregiver to see and/or hear the baby from a specific distance. The brand “Summer” is found on the product.

Consumers who have the recalled video monitors in their possession 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