The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and KidCo Inc. have announced a voluntary recall of PeaPod and PeaPod Plus infant travel beds. The KidCo recall affects about 220,000 beds and follows the death of a 5-month-old infant in New York.
PeaPod Travel Beds are small, portable sleep tents marketed for use by infants from birth to over 3 years of age, reports the CPSC. The tents include an inflatable air mattress and have sides made of fabric. The danger with the product is that an infant can roll off the air mattress and become trapped between the mattress and the fabric side, leading to suffocation.
Along with the death of the infant in New York, the PeaPod Travel Bed has also been linked to nine other reports of infants in distress or becoming trapped, according to the CPSC.
The KidCo travel tents were made in China and sold nationwide at juvenile specialty stores and through Amazon from 2005 to the present. The models and tent fabric colors affected by the voluntary recall include:
The model number can be found on a small tag on the underside of the product.
Consumers are urged to immediately stop using the tents and contact KidCo to get a free repair kit. You can contact KidCo at (855) 847-8600, or you can visit the company's website to receive the kit.
If your child has been injured by the KidCo infant travel bed, you may want to contact an attorney to learn about your rights to collect damages. Product liability can be an extremely complex area of law, and an experienced attorney can help you review your options and remedies.