More than 220,000 portable PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds have been voluntarily recalled by Libertyville-based KidCo Inc after it was found that they pose a serious health hazard to infants and small children.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that infants and small children may potentially roll off the bed and get stuck between the mattresses and could suffocate.
The statement followed after a 5-month old child in New York was found dead with his side pressed against the side of his tent last year though the cause of death was not determined while there have been nine other cases of infants or children either trapped or lying underneath the mattress in the US and Canada.
While KidCo has recalled a large number of beds, it is also offering repair kits that can reduce the thickness of the mattress and strengthen the sides of the tent to parents who would like to keep their beds. However child safety agency, Kids In Danger executive director was not sure whether that will help prevent the chances of kids being trapped. "We still think infants should sleep in a product that meets a safety standard, which this does not", Nancy Cowles said.