“How do these things ever get on the market if they are so dangerous?” worried parents ask. It is one of the worst experiences for parents when they learn a hazard is so serious that a piece of childhood furniture endangers the lives of their infants and young children. The CPSC is now urging parents to immediately stop using crib tents and play yard tents made by Tots in Mind, Inc. due to strangulation and entrapment hazards.
The CPSC has learned of 27 incidents of the crib and play yard tents failing and causing injuries to children and one death of a child that occurred between January 1997 and April 2012 from crib tents and play yard tents made by Tots in Mind, Inc. In 2008, a 2-year old boy became trapped between the bottom and top rails of a play yard tent and died. In 2007, a child sustained a traumatic brain injury when the crib tent inverted and trapped him at the neck. The additional 25 reports involved inverted crib tents and entrapment between the crib tent and the crib or play yards, three of which involved injuries to children.
The CPSC has issued an urgent voluntary recall and the retailers that sold the crib tents/play yards will provide a refund or a full store credit, depending upon from which retailer the crib tent/play yard was purchased. The company, Tots in Mind, Inc., had previously recalled the play yard tents in July 2010 and offered a repair kit at that time which is no longer available as the company is out of business. The CPSC strongly recommends that consumers not attempt to repair the crib and play yard tents.
The products were sold at a variety of retail stores, including Bed Bath & Beyond/Buy Buy Baby, Burlington Coat Factory, Toys R Us/Babies R Us, Walmart, and online from websites including Amazon.com, for in the range of $60 to $85. Consumers should contact the store where the item was purchased to obtain a full refund or store credit. Contact information for the following stores offering a refund or store credit is listed below:
- Amazon.com Amazon.com
- Bed Bath & Beyond / Buy Buy Baby bedbathandbeyond.com or buybuybaby.com or 1(800)GOBEYOND
- Burlington Coat Factory [burlingtoncoatfactory.com or 1(888) 223-2628
- Toys R Us/Babies R Us [toysrus.com or babiesrus.com or 1(800) 869-7787
- Walmart walmartstores.com or 1(800) 925-6278
No model names or numbers are located on any of the tents; but the crib tents can be identified by the photos on the CPSC website and by the Tots in Mind logo on top of the tent. To view photos of the crib tents and play yard tents being recalled, please visit the CPSC website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12179.html.The CPSC reminds all consumers that it is illegal to re-sell recalled products of any type.