The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Friday the recall of 220,000 PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds.
Infants and young children can roll off the edge of the inflatable air mattress, become entrapped between the mattress and the fabric sides of the tent, and suffocate, officials said.
The 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.
According to the CPSC, a 5-month-old boy in New York was found dead with his face pressed against the side wall of the tent. The cause of death was not determined. The CPSC says it has nine other reports of children becoming entrapped.
The recall involves 11 models of the travel beds. The government warns that consumers should stop using the beds immediately and contact the manufacturer for a free repair kit. The company will begin shipping the kits next month.
For more information on the models affected and to inquire about the repair kit, contact KidCo toll-free at 855-847-8600 or visit the company's website. Be aware the website was experiencing some technical difficulties earlier Friday.