The Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling 600,000 baby monitors after two infants suffered fatal regulations. The product is the Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitors with Sensor Pads from Angelcare Monitors Inc. The baby monitors were sold at different US retailers, specialty shops, and online between 1999 and 2013.
Aside from the two infants who died from cord strangulation—one in California in 2011 and the other in Oregon in 2004—two other babies became entangled. According to the CPSC, the cord attached to the sensor pad that is placed underneath the crib mattress is a strangulation risk because it is possible for a child to pull the cord into the crib. The federal agency has received eight reports of baby strangulation involving monitor cords since 2002.
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Infant Strangulation and Baby Monitors
Baby strangulation can happen when a child is unable to take in enough oxygen into the body. This can be caused by neck compression, which may happen if the neck gets entangled in a cord.
While it is great that there are products that allow a baby to be monitored when an adult is not in the room, it makes no sense for the product to be a strangulation risk. Infants and toddlers tend to be curious. They love to grab what’s around them, placing foreign in their mouths or exploring them with their fingers. They don’t need access to a cord that piques their curiosity while placing them at risk of serious injuries. The CPSC and Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association believe baby monitors with cords are a strangulation hazard to young children when the cords are located within their reach.
Here are steps that you can take to minimize the strangulation risks for your children when you are using a baby monitor:
• Make sure any monitor cords are at least three feet away from the
crib in terms of your child’s access to it.
• Don’t put a monitor in a crib or on the edge of one or the child may pull the device in, gaining access to the cord.
In general, it is important to keep any cords—including curtain drawstrings or window blind cords—away from your son/daughter, especially if he will be left in that area unsupervised.
At the Gilbert Law Group, our child injuries lawyers believe it is the job of the manufacturer to make sure that their baby monitors don’t pose a strangulation risk and they should be held liable if such injuries or deaths occur. We handle product defect cases involving toys, playground equipment, clothing, nursery products, car seats, strollers, window blinds, appliances, and other items that either malfunctioned or proved dangerous for use by an infant or child. Contact us today.
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