Recent product recalls

By Robin Melen on February 16, 2011 12:01:00 am

Recall-alert-new VIDEO BABY MONITORS About 1.7 million Summer Infant video baby monitors sold at major retailers, mass merchandisers, and juvenile products stores nationwide from January 2003 and February 2011 for between $60 and $300.

The cords can present a strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers if placed too close to a crib. Because of this serious strangulation risk, parents and caregivers should never place these and other corded cameras within three feet of a crib. Over the past year Consumer Product Safety Commission and the firm have received reports of two strangulation deaths of infants with the electrical cords of Summer Infant video baby monitors

Summer Infant has initiated a campaign to provide new on-product labels for electric cords and instructions to consumers with the recalled video monitors distributed between. They were sold in more than 40 different models, including handheld, digital, and color video monitors. All video monitors include both the camera (placed in the baby’s room) and the hand held device (some models have two hand-held devices) that enable the caregiver to see and/or hear the baby from a specific distance. The brand “Summer” is found on the product.

IF YOU OWN ONE Immediately check the location of the video monitors, including cameras mounted on the wall, and all electric cords to make sure the cords are out of arm’s reach of their child. Call 800-426-8627 or go to to receive a new permanent electric cord warning label about the strangulation risk and revised instructions about how to safely mount camera and keep cords out of child’s reach.

RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES About 58,000 rechargeable batteries sold with certain Slim and Secure video monitors sold at Babies R Us from September 2009 to May 2010 for about $200.

The battery in the handheld video monitor can overheat and rupture, posing a burn hazard to consumers. Summer Infant has received five reports of ruptured batteries, including three incidents of minor property damage. No injuries were reported.

IF YOU OWN ONE Stop using it and call 800-426-8627 or go to for information on how to receive a postage paid envelope to return the defective battery in exchange for a free replacement battery. The monitor can continue to be used on AC power with power cord.

CANISTER VACUUMS About 142,000 Hoover WindTunnel canister vacuums model S3755 sold nationwide and online from March 2003 to December 2008 for between $250 and $280. The power cord between the power nozzle and the wand connector can short-circuit posing fire and shock hazards to consumers. This condition can occur even if the vacuum has been turned off but left plugged in. Hoover has received 69 reports of overheating or electrical malfunction, including one report of fire and smoke damage, and two reports of carpet damage. There has been one report of a minor injury.

IF YOU OWN ONE Stop using it and call 888-564-2066 or go to for information about a free repair.

NIGHT LIGHTS About 261,000 AmerTac LED Night Lights sold at hardware stores, lighting showrooms and home centers nationwide from March 2009 through January 2011 for about $7.

An electrical short circuit in the night light can cause it to overheat and smolder or melt, which can burn consumers or result in fire. AmerTac has received 18 reports of the night lights smoking, burning, melting and/or charring, including three reports of minor property damage and one of a minor burn injury.

IF YOU OWN ONE Stop using it and call 800-420-7511 or go to for instructions on receiving a full refund.

For the latest information on all recalls, go to There you'll find recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, among others.

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Robin Melen

Robin Melen

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