Almost 220,000 infant travel beds have been recalled after one baby died and nine others became entrapped or distressed while inside the portable sleepers.
The Pea Pod Travel Crib, which is a small tent, is manufactured by KidCo Inc. and has been on the market since 2005. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said that an infant can roll between the bed's air mattress and the tent's fabric sides, posing a suffocation risk. This is what officials believe happened to a 5-month-old baby who was put in the travel crib in December 2011.
KidCo is providing a kit to fix the dangerous products. It includes a thinner air mattress and supports that strengthen the sides of the tent. The president of the company said that this prevents the hazardous pocket from forming. KidCo encourages parents to get the kit, especially since many families will travel during the holidays.
The executive director of Kids in Danger, a consumer safety group, says that instead of repair kits, KidCo should offer refunds. She explains that this would give consumers the option to purchase products tested for safety standards. Though the Pea Pod is intended for sleeping, it isn't tested for safety because it isn't a crib, bassinette, or play yard, she says.
Pea Pod Travel Cribs were sold at independent specialty stores and on Amazon.com starting in January 2005.