Federal regulators have announced the recall of crib tents and play yard tents made by Tots in Mind, Inc. The tents were sold at numerous retail stores including Bed Bath & Beyond/Buy Buy Baby, Burlington Coat Factory, Toys R Us/Babies R Us, Walmart and online on websites including Amazon.com, for between $60 and $85. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission is warning parents and caregivers who own these products that infants and toddlers are at risk of serious injury or death due to strangulation and entrapment hazards presented by these products. Tots in Mind recalled the play yard tents in July 2010 and offered a repair kit that is no longer available. The company is no longer in business and has stopped all sales. CPSC staff urges parents and caregivers to stop using these crib tents and play yard tents immediately and do not attempt to repair them yourself.
According to the CPSC, 27 tent failures, including one fatality and one serious injury, occurred between January 1997 and April 2012 from crib tents and play yard tents made by Tots in Mind, Inc. In 2008, a two year old boy died after becoming entrapped between the bottom rail of a play yard tent and the top rail of a play yard. In 2007, a two year old boy sustained a catastrophic brain injury when the crib tent affixed to his crib tent inverted and the product’s broken rod trapped him at the neck.
The remaining 25 reports to CPSC involved inverted crib tents (entrapments between the tent and the crib/play yard) or failures of the tent fabric and zippers. Three of these 25 reports were reports of injuries; in one such case, a parent reported finding her child turning blue and entrapped between the product and the top rail of the play yard. Consumers should contact the store where the crib tent was purchased to receive either a refund or store credit, depending on the retailer.
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