Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitors Recalled Due to Burn Hazard
Philips Personal Health has issued a recall for Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitors due to a potential burn hazard. The recall was announced on August 3, 2023, and involves approximately 12,850 units of the product.
The recalled products are Philips Avent video baby monitors used to remotely monitor infants. These monitors consist of a Baby Unit (camera) and a Parent Unit (monitor) pair, featuring a 3.5-inch color screen. The recall specifically includes models SCD630 and SCD843, manufactured between March 2016 and December 2019.
The model numbers, along with production date codes in the day-month-year format (such as 29-09-2017), can be found on the bottom of the Parent Unit. The monitors and cameras are white, with Philips Avent printed on the front.
The underlying hazard comes from the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in the Parent Unit monitors. These batteries can overheat during charging, posing a risk of burns and property damage.
While there have been no incidents or injuries reported in the United States, Philips has received 23 reports of these video baby monitors overheating in Europe. Among these reports, there have been seven instances of minor injuries.
Customers who have purchased the affected Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitors are urged to stop using them immediately and contact Philips Avent for a free replacement.
Consumer contact information:
- Philips Avent Recall page found at philips.com/video-babymonitor-recall or at Philips Avent’s website located at www.philips.com/avent then click on the banner stating “Important safety recall information about voluntary replacement action Philips Avent Baby Monitors” at the top of the page.
- Toll-free phone number: 1-833-276-5311 (Available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Sundays)
The recalled baby monitors were sold online at ToysRUs.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Jet.com, and https://www.usa.philips.com/ between March 2016 and January 2020. The price range for these units was between $120 and $200.
The recall involves Philips Consumer Lifestyle B.V., of The Netherlands, as the manufacturer, and Philips Personal Health, a division of Philips North America, of Stamford, Connecticut, as the importer. The units were manufactured in China.
Customers who own the recalled Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitors should heed the recall notice and seek a free replacement from Philips Avent. This is a “Fast Track Recall,” and additional information may be found at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website found at www.cpsc.gov/commissioners. Safety should always be the priority, especially when it concerns products used to monitor infants.
Why File a Lawsuit if Harmed By This Product
Filing a lawsuit if harmed by the Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitors (or any defective product) can be a necessary and justified step for several reasons:
- Compensation for Damages and Injuries: If a consumer has suffered physical injuries, emotional distress, or property damage due to the overheating of the recalled baby monitor, a lawsuit can help in obtaining financial compensation to cover medical expenses, property repair costs, and other related financial burdens.
- Holding the Manufacturer Accountable: Filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer can help hold them accountable for releasing a product that poses a risk to consumers. It may also incentivize the manufacturer to enhance safety measures, quality controls, and testing procedures to ensure that future products are safe for consumer use.
- Consumer Protection and Awareness: Taking legal action can raise awareness among other consumers about the potential risks associated with a particular product. A lawsuit can also set a precedent that ensures manufacturers are aware of their legal responsibilities to provide safe and reliable products.
- Punitive Damages: In some cases, where the manufacturer’s conduct is found to be particularly negligent or reckless, the court may award punitive damages. These are meant to punish the wrongdoer and send a message to other companies that such behavior will not be tolerated.
- Protecting the Public: An individual lawsuit might lead to a class-action suit if many consumers have been affected by the same issue. This can provide support and encouragement for others who might have suffered similar harm but are hesitant to take legal action.
- Closure and Justice: For those who have suffered personal harm or trauma, legal action can provide a sense of closure and justice. Knowing that the responsible parties have been held accountable can be an essential part of the healing process.
Filing a lawsuit in the case of harm caused by a defective product is not just about seeking financial compensation. It’s also about ensuring that manufacturers adhere to safety regulations, protecting other consumers from potential harm, and seeking justice for any physical or emotional trauma endured. If you find yourself in this situation, it is wise to consult with a qualified product liability lawyer who has experience in handling such cases. They can help you understand your rights, assess the merits of your case, and guide you through the legal process.
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