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Recall: Tots in Mind Play Yard Tents

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On 2012-05-16, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Tots in Mind Play Yard Tents due to a potential entrapment and strangulation hazard. This product sold new for about $60 to $85.

About 200,000 units are involved in this Tots in Mind play yard tent recall. Instance(s) of injuries have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 1st recall of products in the Playpens, Yards & Travel Beds category in 2012. Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls, involving about 2 million product units.

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Tots in Mind Play Yard Tents
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What is the problem?

The play yard tents can present an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers if the dome portion inverts inside the play yard, or if the product becomes partially detached from the play yard.

Instance(s) of injuries have been reported.

How can I tell if I own this product?

The recall includes various models of play yard tents. Consumers can identify their tent by the 2"x 1½" label with Tots In Mind logo located on the non-mesh portion near the top of the tent.

No model names or numbers are located on the tents, however they can be identified by the pictures and the Tots in Mind logo on top of the tent:
- Portable Playard Tent
- Portable Playard Tent Plus Cabana Kit

Crib tents made by Tots in Mind have also been recalled.

Tots in Mind recalled
play yard tents in July 2010 and offered a repair kit that is no longer available.

Information on where these items sold new+: The recalled products were sold at numerous retail stores including Bed Bath & Beyond/Buy Buy Baby, Burlington Coat Factory, Toys R Us/Babies R Us, Walmart and online on websites including Amazon.com, for between $60 and $85.

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

CPSC staff urges parents and caregivers to stop using these play yard tents immediately. Consumers should contact the store listed below where the play yard tent was purchased to receive either a refund or store credit, depending on the retailer. If consumer is unsure of where the play yard tent was purchased, see return policy for individual retailers on their website. Do not attempt to repair these products.

Since Tots in Mind, Inc. is out of business, retailers who sold these products have stepped up to offer refunds or store credit to consumers.

- Amazon.com [Amazon.com]
- Bed Bath & Beyond / Buy Buy Baby [bedbathandbeyond.com or buybuybaby.com or (800) GOBEYOND]
- Burlington Coat Factory [burlingtoncoatfactory.com or (888) 223-2628]
- Toys R Us/Babies R Us [toysrus.com or babiesrus.com or (800) 869-7787]
- Walmart [walmartstores.com or (800) 925-6278]

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Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

CPSC is aware of 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 in 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.

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+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.

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