KidCo PeaPod Travel Beds recalled after child’s death

by Jim Orr

A 5-month-old New York City baby was put in a Pea Pod Travel Crib with his twin sister for a nap while visiting family in December 2011. He never woke up.

The bed has an air mattress that fits into a zippered pocket in the floor of the domed tent, which collapses for easy transport. But if the mattress is placed in the floor of the tent, an infant’s head could lodge between the mattress and the tent’s side, making breathing impossible. It’s believed that’s what happened to the 5-month old.

In addition to that death, at least nine other infants have been entrapped or distressed while inside Pea Pod Travel Cribs, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The portable sleep tent is manufactured by KidCo Inc. The CPSC has now announced that the manufacturer has agreed to recall about 220,000 infant travel beds because an infant could roll between the bed’s air mattress and the tent’s fabric sides, raising the danger of suffocation.

To address the danger, KidCo is offering kits that include supports to strengthen the sides of the tent and a thinner air mattress. The CPSC believes that using a much smaller mattress reduces the chances of entrapment between the mattress and the fabric side of the tent. However, the consumer safety group Kids in Danger has stated that refunds should be offered instead of the kits so parents can buy new products that have been tested for safety standards.

The recalled products include KidCo PeaPod Travel Beds and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds. For more information, consumers can call KidCo toll-free at 855-847-8600 between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at and click on “recall info” to receive the kit.

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