Baby monitor recall over battery fear

PUBLISHED: 08:12 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:16 15 June 2010

BABY sleep monitors manufactured in Axminster have been recalled over fears they may fail to monitor a child's breathing.

BABY sleep monitors manufactured in Axminster have been recalled over fears they may fail to monitor a child's breathing.A batch of Baby Sleepsafe monitors, made at Axminster Electronics in Weycroft Avenue, are being recalled and upgraded because they are believed to have faulty battery terminals.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) reported the problem and urged parents and carers to check their monitors.It said it was concerned the device would fail to monitor a baby's breathing if it was ever dropped, and recommended they be fitted with coil springs.Clive Bray, director of device technology and safety at the MHRA, said: "The MHRA's advice to parents is to firstly check the serial number, printed on the back of the monitor, above the battery compartment. If the number is between 001360 and 001660 then you should send the monitor back to the manufacturer."Also check the battery terminal to make sure it is applying firm pressure to the batteries and is fitted with a coil spring."The monitors, which were supplied three to four years ago, are usually used to monitor a baby's breathing up to one year old.But the MHRA is concerned the devices could be used on siblings or passed on to relatives or friends for use on their babies.David Dredge of Axminster Electronics said that the monitors had been sent to several countries, but so far only 11 had been returned."It's purely a precautionary measure - it's better to be safe. We are offering an upgrade of the battery terminals for a range of Baby SleepSafe monitors."It has been drawn to our attention that a particular type of battery clip used in the monitor can bend if carelessly handled if the monitor is dropped with the batteries fitted."When the clips have been bent, the monitor will no longer switch on and the normal power on light sequence will not take place. "We would advise any monitors currently being used or likely to be used again in the future, be returned for an upgrade."The monitors can be returned to: Axminster Electronics Ltd, Weycroft Avenue, Millwey Rise Industrial Estate, EX13 5HU. People can report any safety related issues concerning medical devices to the MHRA by calling their Adverse Incident Hotline on 0207 084 3080 or visit .

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