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Warning over baby monitor failures

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Parents and carers have been urged to check a brand of baby monitors after concerns that the device may fail after being dropped.

The affected products are Baby Sleepsafe monitors, manufactured by Axminster Electronics Ltd.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has reported that a batch of Axminster Baby SleepSafe (Model AE 010 M) monitors were supplied with faulty battery terminals, which may fail if the monitor has been dropped.

Monitors with the serial numbers between 001360 and 001660 should be returned to the manufacturer for an upgrade.

The devices were supplied three to four years ago and are usually used to monitor a baby’s breathing up to one year old.

Other batches of the monitors are not affected as they were supplied with battery contacts made from a more resilient material and/or with coil spring contacts.

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 terminals to make sure they are applying firm pressure to the batteries and are fitted with coil springs.’

The manufacturer has already contacted those hospitals to whom they have supplied the monitors directly and requested these monitors for upgrading.

For any further safety related issues concerning medical devices contact MHRA on 020 7084 3080 or www.mhra.gov.uk.

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