Event Update: Health Canada reports of a recall involving KidCo PeaPod travel beds following the previously issued warning. 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.
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▲CPSC is aware of a death of a 5-month-old boy in December 2011 in New York, New York, who was found with his face pressed against the side wall of the tent. The cause of death is undetermined. In addition, CPSC is aware of 6 reports of children who became entrapped or experienced physical distress in the product. Two of the 6 reports included babies who were found crying underneath of the mattress that had not been inserted into the zippered pocket on the bottom of the tent.
Health Canada has received 3 reports of infants rolling over and getting their faces trapped between the mattress and the side of the product.
The recalled products were sold at various retailers from January 2005 to present in Canada and the United States.
Consumers should immediately stop using the KidCo PEAPODTM, 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. New instructions and warning labels will advise parents that the Peapod should only be used with children who are 1 year of age or older, even after using the repair kit. Health Canada does not recommend the use of the Peapod for children under 1 year of age.
• The safest place for an unsupervised infant to sleep alone is in a crib that meets current Canadian safety regulations.
• A bassinet that meets current Canadian safety regulations is an appropriate place for your baby to sleep until he or she reaches the maximum weight recommended by the manufacturer OR until your baby can roll over, whichever comes first. When your baby reaches this milestone, you should put him or her to sleep in a cradle or crib.
• A cradle that meets current Canadian safety regulations is an appropriate place for your baby to sleep until he or she reaches the maximum weight recommended by the manufacturer OR until your baby can push up on his or her hands and knees, whichever comes first. When your baby reaches this milestone, you should put him or her to sleep in a crib.
• Infants should never be placed to sleep in products that are not specifically designed to accommodate an unattended sleeping infant, such as carriages, strollers, car seats, playpens, infant swings and bouncers.
For more information, consumers may contact KidCo toll-free at 1-855-847-8600 between 8:30 AM and 5 PM CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website to receive the kit.