Strangulation - Consumer Justice Foundation


Written by Andrew Sarski on March 23, 2011
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In order to more effectively monitor their child’s actions while in their cribs, parents typically place the camera near enough to the crib to record the child’s movements. However, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, it is exceedingly dangerous for these devices to be placed within arm’s reach of a child, which is considered to be within three feet of the child’s crib. If the corded video baby monitors are placed any closer, children may be able to reach the cord which may result in strangulation. This strangulation hazard led to the recall of 1.7 million Summer Infant video baby monitors.

Infant Strangulation Described

The incidence of infant strangulation deaths have significantly increased in recent years. In fact, according to an analysis of death certificates nation-wide, the rate of infant fatality attributed to suffocation and strangulation quadrupled between 1984 and 2004. Infant strangulation occurs when a child has a severely deficient supply of oxygen to the body resulting from being unable to breathe normally. In many cases, infant strangulation is caused as a result of a child’s neck being compressed, leading to an inadequate supply of oxygen to the brain. In the case of the Summer Infant video baby monitors, the infant’s neck is becoming entangled in the monitor’s electrical cord, resulting in a compression of the child’s neck and potentially strangulation.

Video Baby Monitor Strangulation

According to the U.S. CPSC, there have been seven instances of infant strangulation since 2004, two of which were caused by a corded Summer Infant video baby monitor. Both of these cases occurred in 2010, involving a 10-month old girl whose corded monitor had been positioned on top of the crib rail and a six-month old boy whose video baby monitor had been placed on the changing table attached to the child’s crib. Another report of near-strangulation involved a 20-month old boy who was found with a wall-mounted Summer Infant video baby monitor cord wrapped around his neck and was freed without sustaining any injuries. Despite these significant strangulation hazards, Summer Infant Inc. has not offered the replace the products; the company is merely issuing a recall to provide consumers with new product labels for the electrical cords and revised instruction manuals for the variety of Summer Infant video baby monitor models.

A Video Baby Monitor Attorney Can Help

Video baby monitors were designed and marketed as safety devices to be used with small children in order for parents to literally keep an eye on their children from another room. Unfortunately, these defective products have already led to the death of seven infants, two of which were caused by Summer Infant video baby monitors in particular. The families of infants who have been strangled by their baby monitors are likely to struggle with significant financial and emotional difficulties resulting from their child’s death, the expenses associated with their child’s death, and the pain and suffering sustained by their family. If your child was strangled as a result of using a defective product, you are not at fault and you may be entitled to financial reimbursement by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the product manufacturing company. With the help of a qualified video baby monitor lawyer, the families of strangulation victims can develop an effective wrongful death case and collect the compensation they deserve.

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