The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling crib tents and play yard tents made by Tots in Mind, Inc.
According to CPSC, infants and toddlers are at risk of serious injury or death by strangulation and entrapment caused by the products.
The recalled products were sold at numerous retail stores including Bed Bath & Beyond, Toys R Us/Babies R Us, or Walmart for between $60 and $85.
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.
Parents and caregivers are urged to stop using the crib tents and play yard tents immediately and not to try to repair these products.
CPSC is aware of 27 tent failures, including one fatality and one serious injury that occurred between January 1997 and April 2012 from the crib tents and play yard tents.
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. The fatality was reported in a prior recall with the firm in July 15, 2010.
In 2007, a two year old boy sustained a catastrophic brain injury when the crib tent affixed to his crib 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 also resulted in 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 listed below where the crib tent was purchased to receive either a refund or store credit.
The recall includes various models of about 330,000 crib or play yard tents. Consumers can identify their tent by the 2"x 1½" label with Tots In Mind logo located on the non-mesh portion near the top of the tent.
Portable Playard Tent
Original Cozy Crib Tent
Cozy Crib Tent II
Crib Tent for Convertible Cribs
Portable Playard Tent Plus Cabana Kit