The U.S. government is recalling about 800,000 baby monitors due to a burn hazard.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that the rechargeable batteries in Summer Infant video baby monitors are the reason for the recall. The battery in the handheld device can overheat and rupture, which can pose a burn hazard for children and their parents.
The Woonsocket, R.I.-based company said consumers can continue using the power cord for the device, however, as it does not pose a threat.
The recall includes more than a dozen models made by Summer Infant, a brand sold in stores like Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Target, Walmart and Amazon. The models, manufactured in China, include the Baby Touch, Safe Light, Slim & Secure and more monitors. The units were sold between 2010 and 2012 for $150 to $350.
According to the CPSC, the company received 22 reports of overheated and ruptured batteries as well as property damages and smoke.
The CPSC said consumers should remove the battery, which is about 1 1/2 inches tall by 2 1/4 inches wide and marked "TCL" on the lower right corner. Customers can contact Summer Infant for a replacement battery and continue to use the monitors with a power cord. The company will provide a postage-paid envelope to ship the defective battery back and dispose of it, Café Mom reported. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is still accepting reports about the product, too.
In 2011, about 58,000 of the device batteries were recalled for similar burn hazard concerns.
Below is a full list of the battery numbers, monitor models and model numbers being recalled.
Battery numbers are:
Baby Touch® Plus
28030, 28030Z, 28035, 28280Z
Best View® Choice
Private Label Baby Sight
Sleek & Secure®
Slim & Secure®
Slim & Secure® Plus
Slim & Secure® Plus Power Pack