April 8, 1998
Release # 98-090
|CONTACT: Russ Rader
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1166
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., is recalling 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 Gerry Baby Products, anytime 24 hours a day, at
(800) 273-3521 to receive a free replacement black battery pack with a safety fuse. Until
the replacement battery arrives, the parent unit can be used safely with its AC adapter.
Consumers also can receive the replacement black battery pack by writing to Gerry Baby
Products at 1801 Commerce Drive, Piqua, Ohio 45356.
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 Gerry at (800) 672-6289.
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
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