A line of baby monitors made in Canada is being recalled across the country because the devices may be a strangulation risk for babies.
About 182,000 Angelcare baby monitors that are now being recalled have been sold in Canada. Another 600,000 were sold in the United States. The recalled products were sold from 2003 until this month in Canada – the period is longer in the U.S., from 1999 to September 2013.
The Associated Press reports that they were sold at major U.S. retailers – Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Sears, Walmart, Amazon.com, Target and other baby specialty stores.
Health Canada says Angelcare Monitors Inc. had received two reports of strangulation deaths in the U.S. – once in 2004 and again in 2011. In both cases, the baby monitor unit was placed too close to the crib, and the cord to the sensor pad was pulled into the crib by the infant. There were another two non-fatal entanglements in the U.S., but so far, there’s been no reports of injuries in Canada.
The baby monitors affected by this recall are:
Movement and Sound monitor AC 201
Movement Monitor AC 300
Movement and Sound Monitor AC 301
Movement and Sound Monitor AC 401
Movement and Sound Monitor AC 601
Video, Movement and Sound Monitor AC 1100
The model numbers are printed on the baby monitor unit.
Health Canada is reminding parents to place cribs away from windows, curtains, blind cords, lamps, electrical plugs and extension cords. The U.S. recall notice is here.
Angelcare Monitors Inc. is based in Quebec. It can be reached at 1-855-355-2643 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET, Monday to Friday. Consumers can also visit the company’s safety notice section on its website to order a free repair kit. It includes a rigid protective cord cover through which the sensor pad cords can be threaded.