Some models of the Summer Infant Slim & Secure have been recalled due to an internal battery defect that can cause the battery to overheat and rupture, posing a potential property damage or burn hazard to consumers. (Models in our tests were not part of this recall.) Learn more in the full recall notice.
In February 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Summer Infant Inc. recalled about 1.7 million video baby monitors with electrical cords, which can present a strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers if placed too close to a crib. CPSC and the firm have received reports of two strangulation deaths of infants with the electrical cords of Summer Infant video baby monitors. Consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately, and check the recall notice for more information.
The Summer Infant Slim & Secure 02800/02805 is part of the Baby monitor test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Baby monitor models like the Slim & Secure 02800/02805 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Interference: Interference can vary widely depending on the area in which the home is located and what other electronic devices are within the home or are being used by nearby neighbors. When you buy a monitor, choose one that operates on a different frequency from your cordless phone and other wireless devices around your house.
Ease of use: Ease of Use rates the presence and convenience of features of each device. For video models it also includes the picture quality of the monitor.
Battery life: Battery Life reflects lab measurements of continuous use of the parent unit with new alkaline or fully charged rechargeable batteries, with the loudness of each unit set to the same level.
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