The U.S. consumer safety bureau has ordered the recall of thousands of units of the Lorex Baby Video Monitor from the market in the United States and Canada, after reports of the product’s burning hazard reached the bureau.
In a recent advisory released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least 26,000 units sold in the U.S. and an additional 8,000 from Canada have been subjected to the recall.
The order was issued after the bureau received 488 reports of batteries overheating and expanding. Of these reports, around 140 involved the swelling of the baby monitor’s battery pack. The swelling, the advisory noted, has caused the battery to come off.
The bureau noted that there have been no injuries reported in connection with the use of the Lorex Baby Video Monitor. It warned, however, that consumers should immediately stop using the products and contact the manufacturer for a full refund.
It was also found that the device’s battery could “overheat, swell and expand and cause the battery cover to open or come off.” The bureau added that the exposed batteries could pose as burning hazards.
Made in China
The baby video monitors, sold between $60 and $140, were made in China and are distributed by Lorex Technology Inc. The products are sold in different retail and online stores including Babies “R” Us, B&H, Best Buy, Target, The Home Depot, Walmart and online at www.amazon.com and www.lorextechnology.com.
“The monitors contain a blue lithium polymer battery and measure about 4 inches tall by 5 inches wide. The monitors have a white plastic back and either a white or black border. ‘LOREX’ or ‘The Lorex Baby’ is printed below the monitor screen,” the advisory reads.
The advisory added that the recall order covers the products sold between May 2013 and April 2016.