Death spurs recall of 220,000 infant travel beds

Associated Press Modified: November 16, 2012 at 10:00 am •  Published: November 16, 2012
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"We believe that having the inflatable mattress much smaller reduces the chances of entrapment between the mattress and the fabric side of the tent. We want to make sure the suffocation risk is removed."

Safety, Kaiser said, is "what we're known for and it's what our reputation is built on. The concern was more of a design issue as to how the product mechanically works. The kit adequately addresses that."

But Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids in Danger, says her Chicago-based consumer safety group would prefer to see refunds offered, rather than the kits, so parents can buy products tested for safety standards.

"This was a product intended for a baby to sleep in," she said. "But parents don't realize that because it's not a crib or a bassinette or a play yard, there's no standard, it's not tested to be safe for sleeping."

A product where a child is sleeping needs to be safe enough without the parent constantly checking on them, Cowles said.

The recalled products, KidCo PeaPod Travel Beds and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds, are small, portable sleep tents marketed for use by infants from birth to 3-plus years, depending on the model. The tents have a zippered side for putting in and taking out the child and have an inflatable air mattress that fits into a zippered pocket underneath the floor of the tent. The travel tents were made in China and sold at independent juvenile specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from January 2005 through the present for between $70 and $100.

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 http://www.kidco.com and click on "recall info" to receive the kit.



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