Company Phone Number: (800) 964-8489 

October 28, 1997


Release # 98-019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Safety 1st of Chestnut Hill, Mass., is recalling about 25,000 batteries sold with their nursery monitors. The dry cell battery can rupture and irritate the skin.

Safety 1st has received 76 reports of batteries rupturing. One consumer reported discomfort and swelling when the battery ruptured in her hand.

The batteries are sold with the model 49226 Safety 1st nursery monitor. The monitor comes with a parent's unit (receiver) with charging stand, baby's unit (transmitter), AC adaptor and battery. The receiver holds the battery and displays the date codes for the units involved. These units have date codes between 00097 and 03097 imprinted on a white sticker on the back of the receivers. The monitor is made of hard white and gray plastic and both the receiver and transmitter are labeled "Safety 1st" and come with flexible antennas.

The monitors are packaged in a cardboard display box labeled in part, "Safety 1st...Rechargeable Monitor...Cordless...Model No. 49226."

Retail stores nationwide sold the monitors from June 1997 through August 1997 for between $35 and $45.

Consumers should stop using the monitors immediately, and call Safety 1st at (800) 964-8489 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday for instructions on returning the recalled batteries and receiving replacement batteries.

This recall does not involve model 226 or model 49226A Safety 1st nursery monitors.

Date Code Label on Safety 1st Monitors