Thousands of crib tents sold by several major retailers are being recalled due to a "serious safety risk," state and federal officials said Thursday.
The state Department of Consumer Protection is alerting consumers about a nationwide voluntary recall announced by The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and five major retailers.
Refunds will be made available to consumers who have purchased any of the recalled crib tents or play yard tents made by Tots in Mind, Inc., officials said.
According to CPSC, infants and toddlers are at risk of serious injury or death due to strangulation and entrapment by the products, and agency officials are urging parents and caregivers to stop using these crib tents and play yard tents immediately.
Do not attempt to repair the products, CPSC officials said.
At least 27 tent failures, including one fatality and one serious brain injury occurred between January 1997 and April 2012 from these crib tents, the CPSC said.
The manufacturer, Tots in Mind, Inc., has gone out of business, but retailers who sold the products are offering refunds or store credit to consumers, thge CPSC said. The recalled products were sold at numerous retail stores and online for between $60 and $85, the CPSC said.
Consumers should contact the stores listed below where the crib tent was purchased to receive either a refund or store credit:
- 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]
The recall includes various models of about 330,000 crib or play yard tents. Consumers can identify their tent by Tots In Mind logo located on the non-mesh portion of the crib near the top of the tent.