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More than 220,000 Infant Travel Beds Recalled After Baby’s Death

Red Sign Product Recall

Approximately 220,000 infant travel beds have been recalled after the manufacturer received reports of at least one death and nine injuries as a result of entrapment. KidCo Inc of Libertyville, Illinois recalled the Pea Pod Travel Crib after determining that an infant could roll between the bed’s mattress and the bed tent’s fabric sides, which could increase the risk of entrapment and suffocation.

The Pea Pod Travel Crib has an air mattress that fits into a zippered pocket in the floor of the domed tent, which collapses for easy transport. If the mattress is placed in the floor of the tent, an infant's head can potentially become lodged between the mattress and the tent's side, which result in suffocation.

According to this Huffington Post article, a 5-month-old infant died as a result of suffocation when he was placed in the travel crib with his twin sister for a nap in December of 2011.

KidCo, the manufacturer of the recalled travel bed, is offering consumers repair kits to remedy the problem. The repair kits include a thinner air mattress and supports designed to strengthen the sides of the tent. According to a company representative, when the two components in the repair kit are used together, they prevent a pocket from forming between the mattress and the sides of the tent.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging parents to promptly get and use the repair kits since many families will be traveling over the holidays.

The recalled products, KidCo Pea Pod Travel Beds and Pea Pod Plus Travel Beds, are small, portable sleep tents designed to be used by infants from birth to 3-plus years, depending on the model. The tents have a zippered side for entry and exit, along with 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 children’s stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com since January 2005. The travel beds retailed for between $70 and $100.

Consumers can contact 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 learn more about the recall or receive the repair kit.

The Chicago product safety attorneys at Steinberg Goodman & Kalish are committed to protecting the public from dangerous and defective products. If your child has been injured as a result of the Pea Pod infant travel bed or other children’s product, do not hesitate to contact our office at (800) 784-0150 to learn more about a possible product liability claim.

 

Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  (www.sgklawyers.com) is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.