After two infants were strangled to death by baby monitor cords made by Angelcare Monitors, Inc., the Canadian company announced last week that it was recalling 600,000 of its baby monitors.
A cord attached to a movement-monitoring sensor pad beneath the crib mattress poses a strangulation risk if a baby tugs the cord into the crib, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Besides the two babies strangled by Angelcare monitor, two others were reportedly found entangled in the cord, though not fatally.
AP reports Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitors with Sensor Pads were sold between 1999 and 2013 (for $100 – $300) by U.S. retailers Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Sears, Walmart, Meijer, Amazon.com, Target.com, Overstock.com and some 70 specialty stores.
Every version of the Angelcare sensor monitor is included in the recall, including model numbers: AC1100, AC201, AC300, AC401 AC601, 49255.
Angelcare urges consumers to cease use of the product and contact the company for a repair kit that includes protective cord covers, a new cord warning label, revised instructions.
The CPSC reports that since 2002 there have been eight reports of strangulation (across the industry) involving baby monitor cords. See the CPSC recall story.
Lawyer David Matthews has handled several infant death cases in the past, including those involving another infant-care product line, Graco Baby Cradles. Anyone with an Angelcare Injury case or baby death case is urged to contact Matthews & Associates for a free legal consultation.