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Summer Infant baby monitor batteries recalled after FOX 4 investigation

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DALLAS - Summer Infant has issued a nationwide recall of baby monitor batteries because of a FOX 4 consumer investigation.

We first broke this story back in February of this year. A viewer contact us about her Summer Infant baby monitor she said burst into flames on her kitchen counter.

Molly Sandlin's sons and their nanny returned from the store to find the family's house filled with smoke. Their baby monitor burned so badly it had melted on the kitchen counter.

A forensic report commissioned by the family's insurance company concluded the battery inside the unit had overheated, swelled and started a fire.

The family turned to us after a near year-long delay from Summer Infant in trying to recoup thousands in insurance money after that fire.

Since that time we have been working on behalf of the Sandlin family.

While he was able to successfully recover their insurance money, the company wouldn't make any conclusions about the burned battery inside their baby monitor pending their own investigation.

In the meantime, we've told you about a second family. This one in Georgia with the same unit had the same problem with a swollen battery and a fire.

And now, the company has issued a voluntary battery recall in monitors manufactured in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

In an email, a company spokesperson says they had believed that early troubles with overheating batteries were isolated incidents. But in light of a recent increase in reports of battery issues, they are now taking action.

We should point out this is not the first battery recall for this company.

Back in 2011 Summer Infant recalled batteries inside their monitors for the same overheating, swelling and possible burn hazard.

We're told this new recall has happened with a new battery supplier who the company had felt supplied a more "premium" product.

If you have an affected unit in your home, you are being asked to remove the battery and contact Summer Infant for a replacement.

You can use the monitor with A/C plug-in power in the meantime.

For more information about the recall, visit www.summerinfant.com/batteryrecall. To read the full letter from the company, go to my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SaveMeSteve.

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