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October 28, 1997

Release # 98-019
CPSC: Yolanda Fultz-Morris
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219

CPSC, Safety 1st Announce Recall of Nursery Monitor Batteries

CPSC, Safety 1st Announce Recall of Nursery Monitor BatteriesWASHINGTON, 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.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to