Recall Issued after Crib Tent Death

Crib tents are intended to keep babies and toddlers safe by preventing them from crawling or climbing out of the crib and sustaining injuries in a serious fall.  However, one such crib tent is being blamed for at least one infant death and one serious brain injury. Oklahoma child injury lawyers caution parents using a crib tent made by Tots in Mind, Inc. to heed the advice of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and immediately stop using the defective product. Tots in Mind, Inc., initially recalled the mini crib tents in 2010 and offered consumers a repair kit.  However, Tots in Mind, Inc., has since gone out of business, and therefore the repair kit is no longer available.  However, the CPSC and five major retailers have issued a voluntary recall of the crib tents.  Retailers involved in the recall include:

  • Bed Bath & Beyond / Buy Buy Baby
  • Burlington Coat Factory
  • Toys R Us / Babies R Us
  • Walmart
Because the Tots in Mind, Inc. crib tents were sold by online and national retailers, it is reasonable to assume the use of these defective baby products in Oklahoma.  Though the CPSC says there are no identifying product numbers on the recalled crib tents, they can be identified by the Tot in Mind label.  Approximately 330,000 Tots in Mind crib tents are affected by the recall, including the following models:
  • Portable Playard Tent
  • Original Cozy Crib Tent
  • Cozy Crib Tent II
  • Crib Tent for Convertible Cribs
  • Portable Playard Tent Plus Cabana Kit
These crib tents pose a strangulation and entrapment hazard.  In 2007, a 2-year-old suffered a catastrophic and traumatic brain injury when the crib tent broke and the broken rod entrapped him at the neck.  In 2008, a 2-year-old was killed when his neck became trapped between the bottom rail of the playard tent and the top rail of the playard.  At least one other injury report involves a mother finding her child trapped in a similar position and turning blue. If your child has been injured using a defective crib tent or other defective product, it is important that you immediately stop using the product, file an incident report with the CPSC, and contact an Oklahoma City child injury lawyer who can advise you of your options for obtaining compensation for your child's injury.