Retailers Agree to Recall Tots in Mind Crib Tents Due to Strangulation and Entrapment Hazard – One Death and Serious Brain Injury Reported.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and five retailers announced a recall of certain own crib tents and play yard tents made by Tots in Mind, Inc. CPSC warned parents and caregivers that infants and toddlers are at risk of serious injury or death due to strangulation and entrapment hazards presented by these products. The manufacturer, Tots in Mind, recalled the play yard tents in July 2010, however, the company is no longer in business and has stopped all sales.
The government is aware of at least 27 tent failures including one fatality and one serious injury that 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. The fatality was reported in a prior recall with the firm on July 15, 2010. 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 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.
Railings, mattresses, tents, and other enclosures or openings in cribs and small beds sold for infants and young children may present serious hazards, including the potential for entrapment leading to strangulation or suffocation. Unsuspecting parents, who are often assured of the product’s safety in related marketing and packaging materials, may be unaware of these hazards.
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By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. – Permalink