Baby Monitor Batteries Recalled

Above 58,000 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Rechargeable Batteries sold with certain Slim and Secureâ„¢ Video Monitors are being recalled following five reports of ruptured batteries, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled product immediately and notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The defective product was imported by Summer Infant, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island and manufactured in China by MP and BK, of China.

The battery in the handheld video monitor can overheat and rupture, posing a burn hazard to consumers. The five ruptured battery reports received by Summer Infant include three incidents of minor property damage, a product liability issue. To date, no injuries have been reported.

The recall involves Summer Infant Slim and Secure handheld color video monitors with unmarked, MP and BK rechargeable batteries. The Video Monitor is sold in either silver and white, model 02800; or pink and white, model 02805. The monitor has receiver and camera components. The receiver is approximately 4 ¼ inches tall and 2 ½ inches wide with a 2.5-inch LCD screen with the “Summer” logo printed in white on the bottom front.

The camera is silver and white. Both the video monitor and receiver components come with A/C adapters; however, only the receiver unit contains a rechargeable battery. The batteries are unmarked or marked with letters MP or BK on the lower right corner of the battery. Batteries that are marked TCL are not included in this recall. The Recalled Product was sold exclusively at Babies R Us from September 2009 to May 2010 for about $200.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the video baby monitors with the recalled batteries and contact Summer Infant to receive a postage paid envelope to return the defective battery in exchange for a free replacement battery. The monitor can continue to be used on AC power with power cord. Summer Infant can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.426.8627 from 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, or at the firm’s website at www.summerinfant.com.

Summer Infant is the same firm that just recalled millions of video baby monitors because cords on the recalled monitors pose a strangulation risk to infants if they are placed too close to cribs. As a matter-of-fact, the CPSC reported that the recalled infant monitors have been linked to the deaths of two infants.

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, the CPSC received a report of a six-month old boy from Conway, S.C., who strangled in the electrical cord of a baby monitor placed on the changing table attached to the crib, and the agency learned last month that the monitor involved in that incident was also made by Summer Infant.

The CPSC also learned of a near strangulation incident in which a 20-month old boy from Pittsburgh, Pa. 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, the agency said. Fortunately, he was freed from the cord without serious injury.

This is not the first time the CPSC has issued a warning involving baby monitors. In October 2010, the CPSC issued a safety alert warning consumers that there had been six reports of strangulation in baby monitor cords since 2004. Since that alert the number of death reports has risen to seven.

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