Play yard tents recalled after child's death

July 15, 2010 11:39:47 AM PDT
About 20,000 tents that clip on to the top of play yards are being recalled two years after a child died when his neck became trapped between the frame and the metal rod at the tent's base.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says a child can remove the clips that hold the portable Tots in Mind tents to the side of a play yard, creating a dangerous gap.

In 2008, a 2-year-old boy was found dead in Vinalhaven, Maine, with his neck trapped. The top of his tent was attached by both clips and pieces of nylon rope.

The CPSC says it is aware of three other incidents in which 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 cribs were made in China and sold at Walmart, and various baby and children's stores nationwide from January 2005 through February 2010 for about $60.

The CPSC says consumers should immediately stop 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.

For information contact Tots in Mind toll-free at 800-626-0339 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.