Parents Beware

By on December 16, 2013

Internet has certainly revolutionized the way people do shopping.  Parents enjoy the convenience, variety and the freedom to shop for better prices and products.  It is easy to trust goods advertised online when you see keywords like “award-winning”, or reassuring phrases such as “peace of mind” and “good night’s sleep”.   Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitors with Sensor Pads however wasn’t exactly the product it was advertised as.  600 units were recalled recently by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission after two babies using said monitors died by cord strangulation, reported the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.   (
“The cord attached to the baby monitor’s sensor pad placed under the crib mattress poses a strangulation risk if the child pulls the cord into the crib and it becomes wrapped around the neck,” said the safety commission.  The first death was that of a 13-month old baby girl in 2011 and the other was an 8-month old baby girl in Salem, Oregon in 2004.  The decision to recall the products took time because “there are times when we see information we can act upon, and there are times when we need to gather more information”, the CPSC Director of Communications Scott Wolfson said in an interview with CNN.  He added that selling recalled items in the internet is against the law and an internet surveillance unit tracks such sales activity.   In 2011, CPSC announced 7 more cases of strangulation since 2002.   The monitors are made by Angelcare Monitors Inc of Quebec, Canada and were sold between Oct 1999 and Sep 2013.  The company is offering to cover consumers who have bought the product anywhere in the world.  A repair kit is available to consumers through the company’s website

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