The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued several recalls for items this week, including two different brands and problems with baby monitors, heating and possible fire problems with a brand of steam iron and possible short circuit problems with a popular brand of vacuum cleaners.
Baby monitors – strangulation hazard
The CPSC, in cooperation with Summer Infant Inc., of Woonsocket, R.I., is announcing the voluntary recall to provide new on product label and instructions for about 1.7 million video baby monitors with electrical cords. The cords can present a strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers if placed too close to a crib. Because of this serious strangulation risk, parents and caregivers should never place these and other corded cameras within three feet of a crib.
Over the past year CPSC and the firm have received reports of two strangulation deaths of infants with the electrical cords of Summer Infant video baby monitors. 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 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. In January 2011 CPSC learned the product involved was a Summer Infant video baby monitor.
CPSC and the firm are also aware of a near strangulation incident in which a 20-month old boy from Pittsburg, 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. He was freed from the cord without serious injury.
Summer Infant has initiated a campaign to provide new on-product labels for electric cords and instructions to consumers with the recalled video monitors distributed between January 2003 and February 2011. The baby monitors were sold at major retailers, mass merchandisers, and juvenile products stores nationwide for between $60 and $300. They were sold in more than 40 different models, including handheld, digital, and color video monitors. All video monitors include both the camera (placed in the baby’s room) and the hand held device (some models have two hand-held devices) that enable the caregiver to see and/or hear the baby from a specific distance. The brand “Summer” is found on the product. The product was manufactured in China.
CPSC and Summer Infant urge parents to immediately check the location of the video monitors, including cameras mounted on the wall, and all electric cords to make sure the cords are out of arm’s reach of their child. Consumers should contact Summer Infant toll-free at (800) 426-8627 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.summerinfant.com/Home/Product-Recall.aspx to receive a new permanent electric cord warning label about the strangulation risk and revised instructions about how to safely mount camera and keep cords out of child’s reach.
In October 2010 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. CPSC has revised the safety alert Infants Can Strangle in Baby Monitor Cords.
Video Baby Monitors/Rechargeable Batteries
The CPSC, in cooperation with Summer Infant, of Woonsocket, R.I, have announced a voluntary recall of the rechargeable batteries sold with certain Slim and Secure Video Monitors. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Approximately 58,000 units were sold; the batteries were manufactured by MP and BK of China. The products were sold exclusively at Babies R Us from September 2009 to May 2010 for about $200.
The battery in the handheld video monitor can overheat and rupture, posing a burn hazard to consumers. Summer Infant has received five reports of ruptured batteries, including three incidents of minor property damage. No injuries were 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. It has receiver and camera components. The receiver is approximately 4 ¼” tall and 2 ½” wide with a 2.5” 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 but 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.
Consumers should 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. For additional information, contact Summer Infant between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday at (800) 426-8627, or visit the firm’s website at www.summerinfant.com
Hoover Wind Tunnel Vacuum Cleaners
The CPSC and Hoover Inc., of Glenwillow, Ohio, have announced a voluntary recall of Hoover WindTunnel Canister Vacuums. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
About 142,000 units were sold at mass merchandisers, department stores and independent vacuum retailers nationwide and online from March 2003 to December 2008 for between $250 and $280.
The power cord between the power nozzle and the wand connector can short-circuit, posing fire and shock hazards to consumers. This condition can occur even if the vacuum has been turned off but left plugged in.
Hoover has received 69 reports of overheating or electrical malfunction, including one report of fire and smoke damage, and two reports of carpet damage. There has been one report of a minor injury.
This recall involves the Hoover WindTunnel Bagless Canister Vacuum model S3755. The vacuum is silver and black in color, and comes with a power nozzle. The model number can be found on a label on the bottom of the canister. The units were manufactured in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vacuum cleaners and contact Hoover for a free repair. For additional information, contact Hoover toll-free at (888) 564-2066 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.hoover.com/windtunnelcanisterrecall
Convertible Clothes Irons
The CPSC, in cooperation with Sunbeam Products, Inc., of Boca Raton, Fla, have announced a voluntary recall of its Convertible Clothes Iron. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
About 5,700 units were distributed through Bed, Bath and Beyond stores nationwide from June 2010 to November 2010 for about $60. The irons were manufactured in China.
The iron can overheat and cause a fire because of a wiring issue, posing a risk of burn injury to consumers. Sunbeam has received 17 reports of irons overheating and three reports of irons catching on fire. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled product is the Sunbeam® Convertible Iron with a model number of GCSBRS – 103. It is a blue and gray, hand-held garment iron that converts to a garment steamer. The model number can be found on the bottom of the iron’s plastic base. The recalled irons have date codes C235 or C237 imprinted on the blade of the plug and on the bottom of the packaging.
Consumers should immediately stop using the irons and contact Sunbeam for a free replacement. For additional information, call Sunbeam at (800) 656-9708 anytime or visit the firm’s website at www.sunbeamconvertible.com.