Note: Telephone Number & Responding Company Change.
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Originally issued April 8, 1998, Revised January 13, 2003
Release # 98-090
|Company Phone Number: (800) 233-5921
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052
CPSC, Gerry Baby Products Announce Recall to Repair Baby Monitors
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gerry Baby Products of Denver, Colo., recalled about 86,000 rechargeable baby monitors sold under the Clear Choice brand name. When an electrical short occurs, the rechargeable battery can cause the monitor's "parent" unit to smoke and flame.
Gerry has received one report of flames and four reports of smoke coming from the monitor's parent unit. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
The Gerry Clear Choice rechargeable baby monitor being recalled is Model 618. The model number is found on a silver plate on the front of the monitor's AC adapter. The monitor consists of a "baby" unit, a parent unit, a recharging base for the parent unit and AC adapters. All of the units are white with a light blue accent color. Because it houses the battery, only the parent unit presents the hazard.
Mass merchandise and baby stores throughout the United States sold the baby monitors from April 1996 to March 1998 for about $40.
Consumers should disconnect and throw away the blue battery pack from the parent unit immediately. Consumers should contact Evenflo's Parent Link Consumer Resource Center at (800) 233-5921 for assistance (Gerry Baby Products is out of business, but the Evenflo Company has now taken over in responding to this recall).
This recall is not related to the October 1996 recall of 990,000 Gerry model 602 baby monitors. Consumers with questions about the model 602 monitor can call Evenflo's Parent Link Consumer Resource Center at (800) 233-5921.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
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