PeaPod Infant Travel Beds included in recall (images provided by US Consumer Protection Safety Commission)
WASHINGTON (AP) - A children's safety equipment manufacturer has agreed to recall about 220,000 infant travel beds after reports of one infant's death and nine others entrapped or distressed while sleeping inside the portable tents.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall in cooperation with KidCo Inc. early Friday after determining that infants could roll between the PeaPod Travel Cribs' air mattress and tents' fabric sides, raising the danger of suffocation.
KidCo is offering kits to address the hazard. The kits include supports that strengthen the sides of the tent and a thinner air mattress. KidCo president Ken Kaiser says the kits prevent the pocket from forming.
The safety commission's chairwoman, Inez Tenenbaum, encouraged parents to get the kit, particularly during the holidays, when parents are likely travel with children.
The following models and corresponding tent fabric colors are included in this recall:
P203 Quick Silver
The model number can be found on a small tag on the underside of the product.
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.
Consumers should immediately stop using the tents and contact KidCo to get a free repair kit.
The kits will vary depending on the model and will be shipped to consumers starting in December 2012.
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 kit.