Popular Baby Monitors Recalled After 2 Deaths: What You Need to Know

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angelcare baby monitorHeads up, parents: Terribly sad baby product recall news today. Angelcare Monitors Inc. is voluntarily recalling 600,000 baby monitors after two infants died from strangulation. (Two other babies became entangled in the company's monitor cords but did not die.) The monitors have a cord connected to a sensor pad that goes under the crib mattress; this cord can be pulled into the crib with the baby and pose a strangulation risk. Here's everything you need to know about this recall.

The affected products are Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitors With Sensor Pads, including those with model numbers AC1100, AC201, AC300, AC401 AC601, and 49255. Look for the model number on the back of the monitor.

If you have this product, stop using it immediately and contact Angelcare for a repair kit: Call (855) 355-2643 or click on the safety notice on the company website, AngelcareBaby.com.

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The repair kit consists of rigid cord covers that the sensor pads can be threaded through, a warning label, and instructions. The recalled monitors lacked these rigid cord covers.

These are monitors sold between 1999 and 2013 for $100 to $300 at stores including Amazon.com, Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Meijer, Overstock.com, Sears, Toys R Us, and Walmart. They were also sold at nearly 70 small baby specialty stores.

This is a huge and scary recall -- please let friends and family with babies know. And check out your baby monitors at any rate, because apparently there have been eight reports of strangulation from baby monitors industry-wide since 2002. We'd hate to see even one more report.

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jrphelps jrphelps

So sad. And I can't help but notice the irony in the name of ANGELCARE.  Rest in paradise sweet babies

nonmember avatar AMY

I can't believe this company is recalling 600,000 of these because some people are too stupid to keep the cord out of the reach of an infant. You would think that it's a no-brainer: keep the cord away from the baby. I don't know if people are really that stupid, or if they're looking for any excuse to sue a company. Better watch out before they recall millions of TVs because those have cords, too!! I used this product on my child; he is fine and the cord did not come alive during the night. I mean, the instructions say to put the sensor (and cord) under the bed! Are they putting the baby under the bed, too? arrrgh, the stupidity of this makes me so mad!

nonmember avatar Chelsea

I had this brand, but a simpler model. It really wasn't rocket science to keep the cord away from the baby when setting it up.

andie... andiecheyenne

My concern is the fact that the cord was able to be reached by the babies. I don't know if that's the company's fault or the parents' fault.

Rachel Lord

not the company's fault. parents need to wake up and put them where the cord cant be rached.

nonmember avatar Christie

We use this monitor and the sensors and cord are not accessible to our baby. They are under the mattress which fits snugly in the crib making it impossible to bring the cord up. I'm scratching my head on this one. I love this monitor for the peace of mind it gives me and think it's a shame it's getting this bad publicity.

nonmember avatar Chris

2 deaths in 15 years, and the last one in 2004. That's a bit slow to recall if you ask me! I'm with Christie above. Our chord goes straight out te bottom of the cot, there's no way he could get to it, and if he did, he'd wake us - the mattress would have to be lifted!!!

Andre... Andreamom001

I rarely ever used a monitor since my baby sleeps with me.  He's right there, and I can monitor him.  So sad peopel lost their kids to this product, but it see,s the company si being responsible.

Jay Britton

Just to add to the other comments really this is just stupidity on behalf of the parents.

The mattress should fit in the cot, the wire goes under the mattress and the baby goes on top of the mattress so unless the baby manages to move to the side of the mattress, lift up a cot mattress (that has it's own weight on top of it) and put a cord round their neck I don't see how this is possible!

nonmember avatar missy

Im a first time mummy, 17 years old with a sensory pad(tommee tippee though, has a cord also) and the wire is way out of reach of my 9 week old bub. I am so saddened by your loss of your precious Angel but this could have been avoided and is by no means the company's fault. Please bare in mind blaming the company unfortunately will not change what has happened and I am sure it states in the instructions or on the pad itself that the cord should be kept out of reach. Rest in peace Angel baby :(, xx

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