Tennessee parents who rely on baby monitors should be aware that approximately 600,000 baby monitors have been recalled on Nov. 21. after two infants died due to strangulation caused by the cord. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Angelcare Movement and Sound Baby Monitors were recalled in order to be outfitted with cord covers. The recall included all versions of the monitor models that did not come with cord covers.
For these monitors, the cord to the sensor pad is designed to be placed underneath the crib's mattress. However, the child could potentially have access to the cord if it can be pulled into the crib. This could lead to the cord becoming trapped around the baby's neck. The two strangulation cases included the death of a 13-month-old girl who died in California in late 2011 and an 8-month-old girl who passed away in Oregon in 2004.
Parents who own the recalled products were asked to ensure that all cords were removed from the child's reach before contacting the company for a free repair kit. In addition, the recall serves as a reminder that all electric cords should be kept out of reach of children at all times, as they can become a strangulation risk.
Manufacturers have the responsibility to ensure that the products that they sell are safe for those they are intended for. However, defective or dangerous products often make their way to retailers' shelves. Someone who suffers an injury or loses a loved one due to a dangerous product may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer and the retail store that the item was purchased from. Through a lawsuit, the injured person or family members may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and loss of companionship.
Source: CBS News, "Angelcare recalls 600,000 baby monitors due to 2 strangulation deaths", Ryan Jaslow, November 21, 2013