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Two deaths lead to baby monitor recall

Posted by Mitch Lipka  November 21, 2013 11:46 AM

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AngelCareMonitor1LARGE.jpgA line of baby monitors is being recalled after reports that two babies strangled in cords connected to the devices, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitors with Sensor Pads were sold since 1999 for $100-$300 at stores including Babies R Us/Toys R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Sears, and Walmart, along with web retailers and baby specialty stores.

The problem involves the cord that runs from the sensor pad that is placed beneath the crib mattress to the monitor. A 13-month-old and an an 8-month-old both died after the cord became wrapped around their necks. Two other incidents involving the cords also were reported, the CPSC said.

Those who have the monitors are urged to check the cords to be sure the baby can't reach them and get a repair kit to be provided by Angelcare at no cost to consumers. The kit includes cord covers, a warning label and updated instructions.

The following models are subject to the recall: AC1100, AC201, AC300, AC401 AC601 and 49255. You can find the model number on the rear of the nursery monitor.

You can call Angelcare at (855)355-2643 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or email

The CPSC warned consumers more than two years ago of the problem with monitor cords after the agency had learned of seven deaths.

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Mitch Lipka is one of America's leading consumer journalists and advocates. He is an expert in product safety, recalls, scams, and helping consumers get out of jams. He is a nationally known consumer columnist and runs He lives in Worcester. You can find him on Facebook or reach him at


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