Parents who own a PeaPod and or PeaPold Plus Travel Bed are being warned to stop using the pop-up travel beds and get a repair kit after various reports that the product can cause suffocation, entrapment and falls.
The U.S. consumer Product Safety Commision (CPSC) and the Libertyville, Il-based manufacturer of the infant bed KidCo Inc. announced a voluntary recall of roughly 220,000 of the infant travel beds.
The product, a small, portable nylon sleep tent designed for infants and toddlers up to 3 years old, is easily folded into a small round shape with a travel bag for easy storage and transport. The device features zippered sides and an inflatable air mattress that is slipped underneath the tent for comfort.
The recall was prompted by reports of the death of an infant and various reports involving children who became entrapped in the device. A year ago, a 5-month-old baby boy was found with his face pressed against the side wall of the tent in New York, New York, the report said. The death has not officially been blamed on the device, the report said.
“Infants and young children can roll off the edge of the inflatable air mattress, become entrapped between the mattress and the fabric sides of the tent, and suffocate,” CPSC said in a press release.
According to the press release, there are six reports of problems with the tent in the United States and three reports in Canada involving infants who were entangled in the device. One incident involved a child who had gotten underneath the mattress that had not been inserted into the zippered pocket on the bottom of the tent.
Contact KidCo toll-free at (855) 847-8600 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.kidco.com to receive the repair kit.
For additional information about the models affected visit the CPSC website at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13043.html
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