The product liability lawyers at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation advise that Angelcare Movement and Sound Baby Monitors have been recalled after two deaths related to strangulation hazards. The product defect associated with these recalled products relates to the cord attached to the baby monitor's sensor pad. The design of this product is such that its cord is placed under the mattress of the crib, which poses an obvious strangulation risk should the infant tug at the cord and pull the cord into the crib. Therein, the cord can become wrapped around the infant's neck, thereby causing a tragic and needless infant death.
This voluntary product recall, announced in conjunction and cooperation with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC") involves approximately 600,00 Angelcare Movement and Sound Baby Monitor units manufactured and distributed by Angelcare Monitors Inc.®, of Quebec, Canada.
CPSC and Angelcare Monitors, Inc., are currently in receipt from the field of two (2) infant cord-related, strangulation fatalities. Back in November of 2011, an infant died died in San Diego, California, and tragically again, in August of 2004, another baby girl died of asphyxiation in Salem, Oregon. In each of these fatality reports, the record indicated that the infant pulled the cord from the monitor's sensor pad into the crib. Moreover, there have been two (2) such reports from the field of infants who were found tangled within the cords of the Angelcare baby monitor models and were thankfully extricated from the cords before serious injury and/or death resulted. Angelcare Monitors, inc., maintains that these incidents, however, were inconclusive as to whether the sensor pad cords or otherwise the cords fixed to the monitor, itself, were involved in the incidents.
The scope of this product recall involves the Movement and Sound Monitor of Angelcare manufacture. This product design of this particular baby monitor contains a sensor pad placed within the crib (and underneath the mattress) to monitor the infant's movements. This design calls for an electrical cord measuring over eleven (11) feet in length - which is permanently connected from the sensor pad to the monitor unit. The product defect is demonstrably obvious as the cord is easily within the infants reach while in the crib. For product identification purposes, this recall involves each and every version of Angelcare's sensor monitors which include the following model numbers:
These various, model numbers can be found situated on the back of the monitor units. These products were manufactured and distributed for more than a decade between 1999 and 2013.
These recalled products baby were sold at Babies R Us/Toys R Us, Sears, Walmart, amazon.com and Target, to name just a few retailers, from the period October of 1999 - September 2013. They retailed from between $100 to $300.
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has always demonstrated zero tolerance for product manufacturers who make and distribute unsafe children's products. The product liability lawyers at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation share that sentiment, and have consistently blogged about such dangerous products involving children.
As referenced, the engineers and support staff at CPSC staff are heavily involved in consumer safety issues and particularly those which involve children's products and injuries to infants and children. If your child has been catastrophically injured as a result of use or interaction with any defective product, you should call the experienced product liability lawyers at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. Product liability lawyers David Shoop and Don Liddy are experienced product liability professionals and represent individuals nationally who have suffered injury as a result of defective and dangerous products.
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