Product Safety Recall: Baby Tents Pose Strangulation Risk

Just weeks after a massive children’s crib recall, a portable playard tent linked to a young boy’s fatal strangulation has been pulled for safety.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, in cooperation with Tots in Mind Inc. of Salem, New Hampshire, has announced the voluntary recall of 20,000 Cozy Indoor Outdoor Portable Playard Tents Plus Cabana Kits. An additional 85 tents were recalled in Canada.

The tent is a white dome-shaped covering designed to fit over playards that contain a child. In December 2008, a two-year-old boy from Vinalhaven, Maine died when he climbed out of the playard. He was found hanging with his neck entrapped between the playard frame and the metal base rod of the tent. In this case, the tent had been tied to the playard with pieces of nylon rope and partially attached with the tent’s clips because the child knew how to remove the clips.

In three other incidents, children removed the clips on the tent and were able to place their necks between the tent and the playard. The children were not injured.

The unsafe cribs were made in China and sold at Walmart, Amazon and various baby stores from January 2005 to February 2010.

Consumers should immediately stop using the playard tents. They can contact Tots in Mind to get free replacement clips. Replacement clips will be available in late August or early September.

This is the second major product safety recall affecting parents and children in recent weeks. In June, the CPSC recalled two million cribs because of an unsafe drop-side rail, which created a gap where a baby’s head could become trapped. Government officials say this could lead to suffocation or strangulation.

The companies involved in the recall include Evenflow, Delta Enterprises Corp., Child Craft, Jardine Enterprises, LaJobi, Million Dollar Baby and Simmons Juvenile Products Inc.

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