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Recall of the Week: Rechargeable batteries used in Summer Infant video monitors due to burn hazard

Battery Summer Infant LARGESummer Infant is recalling about 800,000 rechargeable batteries used in its infant video monitors. About 58,800 of the batteries were recalled in February 2011.

The battery in the handheld video monitor can overheat and rupture, posing a burn hazard to consumers, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Summer Infant has received 22 reports of overheated and ruptured batteries, including incidents of smoke and minor property damage.

The recall involves rechargeable batteries in Summer Infant handheld color video monitors.

The rechargeable batteries are about 1½ inches tall, 2¼ inches wide, and ¼ inch thick, are black, and are marked with TCL on the lower right corner of the battery. 

Monitors are sold with a matching camera and A/C adaptors. Check this list to find a letter and number combination at the beginning of the serial number on the back of the battery.

The video monitors were sold at mass merchants, including Babies “R” Us, online retailers, and independent juvenile specialty stores from about February 2010 through 2012 for between $150 to $350.

Consumers should remove the battery and contact Summer Infant for a replacement battery. The monitor can continue to be used on AC power with the power cord. 

For more information on battery replacement, call Summer Infant at 800-426-8627 anytime or visit www.summerinfant.com/alerts/battery-recall.

For details for other recalls, call www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2014, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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