The manufacturer behind the Pea Pod Travel Crib has recalled 220,000 portable sleep tents following the death of a 5-month old in New York.
The travel crib, made by KidCo, has an air mattress that fits into a zipped pocket in the floor of the domed tent, which collapses for easy transport. The infant's head is believed to have become lodged between the mattress and the side of the tent, causing him to suffocate. There have also been nine other reports of infants becoming entrapped or distressed while inside the travel bed.
This is the first recall for the sleep tents, and KidCo is offering kits to address the danger. The kits include supports that strengthen the sides of the tent to prevent a pocket from forming.
The travel beds are small, portable tents marketed for use by infants from birth to 3-plus years, depending on the model. The price for the travel crib ranges from $70 to $100, and sold nationwide through specialty stores and Amazon.com.
A report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission earlier this year revealed that although recalls of unsafe children's products had dropped 24 percent in 2011, injuries have increased 7 percent. The report also revealed that 40 percent of recalls last year involved a children's product.
Whatever the case, product design defects, manufacturing defects, and improper warnings or instructions can cause serious injuries to innocent consumers.
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Source: MSN.com, "Death spurs recall of 220,000 infant travel beds," Nov. 16, 2012.