Friday, July 16, 2010
Portable Indoor Outdoor Playard Tents Plus Cabana Kits by Tots in Mind, Inc. have been recalled, because the clips that attach the tent to the top of the playard can break or be removed by a child allowing a child to lift the tent and become entrapped at the neck between the rigid playard frame and the metal base rod of the tent. This poses a risk of strangulation to the child occupant. At least one 2-year-old boy in December 2008 in Vinalhaven, Maine has died as a result of the use of this product. The boy was found hanging with his neck entrapped between the playard frame and the metal base rod of the tent that had been partially tied by pieces of nylon rope and partially attached by clips. The tent was tied to the playard because the child was able to pop off the clips. Apparently, the child became entrapped while attempting to climb out of the playard. In three other incidents, children were able to remove one or more clips and place their necks between the tent and the playard. The children were not injured.
The dome-shaped white-colored mesh tent is designed to fit over playards as small as 28 inches by 40 inches or as large as 31 inches by 44 inches to contain a child. There are 12 plastic clips to secure the base of the tent to the top rail of the playard through button holes along the bottom of the tent. The tent has a zippered side for putting in and taking out the child. The cribs were made in China and sold at Walmart, Amazon.com and various baby and children’s stores nationwide from January 2005 through February 2010 for about $60. Consumers should immediately discontinue using the playard tents and contact Tots in Mind to get free replacement clips. Replacement clips will be available in late August or early September 2010. Contact Tots in Mind toll-free at 800.626.0339 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.TotsinMind.com
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