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Recall Issued for 1.7 Million Baby Monitors

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a voluntary recall of about 1.7 million video baby monitors with electrical cords.

The recall, issued by the CPSC in cooperation with Summer Infant Inc., cites the need to provide new on-product labeling and instructions for Summer Infant video baby monitors. According to a release by the CPSC, the cords can present a strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers when placed too close to cribs. The commission advises that parents and caregivers refrain from placing the corded cameras within three feet of a crib.

The recall comes after two reports of infants dying from strangulation by electrical cords from Summer Infant video baby monitors in 2010.

The first death occurred in March, where a 10-month-old girl was strangled by a Summer Infant video monitor cord in her crib in Washington D.C. In that incident officials say the monitor camera was placed on top of the crib rail. The second reported death occurred in November in Conway, S.C., where a six-month-old boy was strangled. In that incident the camera was reportedly placed on a changing table attached to a crib.

Summer Infant monitors are made in China, and have been selling nationwide for between $60 and $300. Summer Infant Inc. has launched a campaign to provide new on-product labels for monitors distributed between January 2003 and February 2011, according to the CPSC release.

The commission says that a total of seven strangulation deaths caused by monitor cords have been reported since 2004.

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