Angelcare monitors recalled after baby deaths

Recalled: Angelcare Movement Sensor with Sound Monitor.
Recalled: Angelcare Movement Sensor with Sound Monitor. Photo: US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Angelcare Monitors is recalling 600,000 of its Movement and Sound Monitors with Sensor Pads in the US and Canada after the deaths of two babies due to strangulation. 

A cord attached to the monitor’s sensor pad, which is placed under the crib mattress to monitor movement, poses a strangulation risk if the child pulls the cord into the crib, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

Two babies have died from cord strangulation deaths after pulling the sensor pad into their cribs. The first was an eight-month-old girl in 2004, and the second a 13-month-old boy in 2011. 

The sensor cord that poses a strangulation hazard.
The sensor cord that poses a strangulation hazard. Photo: US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Two more children had been tangled in the cords, but not fatally.

The monitors were sold between 1999 and 2013 for up to $350 at department stores, boutiques and online baby shops around the world.

The recall involves all versions of Angelcare sensor monitors including model numbers AC1100, AC201, AC300, AC401 AC601 and 49255. The model number is located on the back of the nursery monitor unit.

An announcement on the Valiant Brands site states that units bought in Australia aren't affected by the error, but that customers wishing to obtain a free cord cover can request one online by filling out the form on their site.

"Australian customers who purchased Angelcare monitors overseas are advised to contact the retailer through whom the purchase was made," it reads.

The repair kit includes rigid cord covers, as well as a new electric cord warning label and revised instructions.