Summer Infant Announces Baby Monitor Recall


Reports of infant strangulation deaths caused by electrical cords of Summer Infant baby monitors have led to a voluntary recall.

In a joint effort between the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Summer Infant Inc., the recall was announced Friday for the 1.7 million video baby monitors, which come with an electrical cord that has, in two instances, strangled an infant to death. In March of 2010, a 10-month-old girl was strangled in her crib by the electrical cord on the baby monitor, which had been placed on top of the crib rail. In November 2010, a six-month-old boy was also strangled by the cord. A 20-month-old boy was found with the electrical cord wrapped around his neck, but survived the incident without serious injury.

Summer Infant will provide new on-product labels for the product’s electrical cords and instructions for consumers on all video monitors sold between January 2003 and February 2011. Consumers are asked to contact Summer Infant at 1-800-426-8627 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or visit their website to receive a new warning label about strangulation risk and revised instructions on how to properly mount the camera to keep the cords out of the child’s reach. CPSC and Summer Infant encourage parents to examine to video monitor’s location to ensure that all cords are out of the child’s reach.

More than 40 different models of the Summer Infant video baby monitor were sold around the country for $60 to $300. All monitors included the camera and at least one hand held device. The product is labeled with the brand name “Summer.”

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  • by kc Location: anaheim ca on Oct 16, 2011 at 08:39 PM
    Our monitor froze, and it will not reset and the screen will not turn off.
  • by Jeff Location: Bolingbrook on Apr 23, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    My wife and I found that our camera is freezing as well. It appeared that our son was still fast asleep, but it wasn't unitl we heard him crying that we realized something was wrong with the camera. Our camera is not utilized through a router so I will interested to see what the company has to say about our camera.
  • by Kim Location: South Carolina on Mar 7, 2011 at 09:51 AM
    My monitor is freezing, woke up the other night to it not working and the baby screaming down the hall. I called the company they told me this is the first that they of heard of it and that it is probably my computer router doing this. I have had it for 10 months and it is now just acting up. I dont get it. They told me it could take that long for it to connect with the router.
  • by Jill Location: Maine on Feb 14, 2011 at 12:48 PM
    This is a serious issue. People dont realize small children dont think for themselves , so we have to and should never put a cord in a crib area..or even sell a product called " child unit" with a cord over 6 inches long. The should recall all the child unit adaptors and replace them with a mountfor the wall and short cord
  • by David Location: VanNuys on Feb 11, 2011 at 09:55 PM
    @ Christy, My unit is doing that same thing. It freezes and rather than going black shows a picture of my son sleeping soundly. Thank god we have a separate Angel care movement monitor. I am going to contact them on Monday.
  • by Christy on Feb 11, 2011 at 06:54 PM
    We had problems with one of their monitors as well. The monitor can freeze up so when you look at it your baby loks asleep and quiet as can be. When actually they could be screaming their lungs out or suffocating. We contacted the company and returned ours, they said it was the first time they had heard of that problem but we know of three instances since we dealt with it.
  • by Jenn Location: CO Springs on Feb 11, 2011 at 02:40 PM
    I was thinking the same thing, Nath! Why should they recall these things when parents just need to use common sense? You don't put cords on or near the crib!!!!!!!!
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Feb 11, 2011 at 12:26 PM
    Reading about the incidents in the article, in every case, the problem was adults not using common sense and placing the equipment in an unsafe location to the children. The monitors are not at fauld, the USERS were.
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