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Crib or Play Yard Tents: A Safety Risk

Tots in Mind Play Yard Tent

CPSC staff believes there are risks associated with crib or play yard tents. Over time and with children pulling on them, the tents can wear.

Today’s recall of 20,000 Cozy Indoor Outdoor Portable Playard Tents Plus Cabana Kitsis a reminder and warning to all parents who use crib and play yard tents.

A 2-year-old boy from Maine was found hanging with his neck entrapped between the play yard frame and the metal rod base of the tent. The tent had been partly tied by pieces of nylon rope and partly attached by clips supplied by the manufacturer. The tent was tied to the play yard because the child was able to pop off the clips. The child apparently became entrapped while trying to climb out of the play yard. The manufacturer promoted this product as a way to keep a child in the play yard.

In other incidents involving the Tots in Mind play yard tent, parents reported that their children broke or removed clips when trying to get out. The manufacturer is offering new, stronger clips for the recalled tent.

CPSC staff believes there are risks associated with crib or play yard tents. Over time and with children pulling on them, the tents can wear. Zippers can break. Seams can tear. Clips can break, bend or get lost. The mesh or fabric can rip. Parents should monitor these products closely for damage and stop using them if they are damaged in any way.

Children have become tangled and trapped in damaged tents used to try to keep them in. Since late 2007, CPSC has received at least 10 reports of incidents involving tents used on cribs and play yards, including one death and one near death.

Parents who use any crib or play yard tent should only use the attachment equipment that comes with the tent, nothing more. Do not tie tents to hold them in place. Tents that are torn, ripped, have any missing pieces or are in any type of disrepair are dangerous for your child.

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