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Popular Infant Travel Bed Recalled After 5-Month-Old Dies

by Jeanne Sager on November 16, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Pea Pod Travel Bed RecallJust in time for one of the biggest traveling days of the year, there's some scary news for parents of babies. A popular infant travel bed sure to be packed in the trunks of families across America is part of a huge recall. The PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds made by KidCo have been implicated in the death of a 5-month-old baby boy.

The beds are blamed for trapping other kids and presenting a serious suffocation hazard, so it's not worth risking that trip over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house with this baby item. Want to keep your kids safe? Here's what you need to know.

1. The recall covers nearly a quarter million PeaPod and PeaPod Plus beds made for kids from infant to 3 years old. At least nine children have become trapped or experienced some sort of physical distress while using the beds, in addition to the 5-month-old whose lifeless body was discovered with his face pressed against the side wall of the tent.

2. The beds recalled are the following models: P100 Teal, P101 Red, P102 Lime, P103 Periwinkle, P104 Ocean, P201 Princess/Red, P202 Camouflage, P203 Quick Silver, P204 Sagebrush, P205 Cardinal, and P900CS Green.

3. The beds have been on the market in stores and online since 2005, so be sure to check even if you have a hand-me-down. They retailed for somewhere in the $70 to $100 range.

4. If you have one of these beds, you should stop using it immediately and wait until you have a free repair kit before pulling it back out of the closet.

5. For your repair kit, contact bed maker KidCo at 855-847-8600 (that's a toll-free number) between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. You can also visit the company's website to fill out an application for a kit.

Are you taking a travel bed on vacation this holiday season?


Image via CPSC

Filed Under: baby gear, recalls


  • monique
    -- Nonmember comment from


    November 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM
    Its sad that a little boy passed away using this product but if it's ment for 3 yrs & up what was a 5 month old doing in it?
  • kelli...


    November 16, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Poor baby. 

    Aside from the fact that it's being recalled. . .is that thing really supposed to be convenient?  Even (especially) for a 3 year old?  I "get" the mosquito net. . .if you're camping. 

    I just don't understand someone stuffing a walking, talking child in there, and it working out for them.  

    Much less the whole inflating/deflating rigmarole just to get the damn thing assembled and disassembled.  

  • Jen
    -- Nonmember comment from


    November 16, 2012 at 10:04 AM
    honestly it's ridiculous that the company won't refund people their money instead of offering a repair kit. I certainly wouldn't use it again if i owned one regardless if the problem was "fixed". What's to say that another issue won't arise. I wouldn't feel comfortable using it just knowing that a baby died in one.
  • Jessica
    -- Nonmember comment from


    November 16, 2012 at 10:07 AM
    It is for infant to three years. Please read.
  • Mommi...


    November 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM
    This is the parents fault, I would never put my infant in something like that. Especially if its meant for a 3 year old and up. Parents need to be more careful about preventing SIDS and childrens safety.
  • rturn...


    November 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    You know what is sad?  How in a sad and serious story like this you have to insert something "funny".  "The beds are blamed for trapping other kids and presenting a serious suffocation hazard, so it's not worth risking that trip over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house with this baby item."  I've had it with the horrible wriitng of this site.  Bye bye!

  • jrl90


    November 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Do you people read the article before commenting? These are for INFANTS TO 3 YEARS OLD, not for 3 years and up

  • Rache...


    November 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    It says  "beds made for kids from infant to 3 years old", so I don't guess the poor parents thought they were doing anything wrong. How awful.

  • Amber...
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    Amber Wright-obrien

    November 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    I would like to say that I own one of these and my child has slept in it ALOT and has NEVER had any problem at all. the mattress is mine is made to go underneath the tent in a special pocket so that the matteress doesn't move and the child doesn't get trapped. I also never leave my child in it without supervision as normal. even in a crib there is possibilities of getting hurt or even death, yes it's very sad that a child died but has anyone stopped to think that you should check on your child more? I am not trying to be rude and no I don't know the circumstances but I personally own one of these and never had a problem and they come in handy when you have an infant or older child and you're out on a picnic, or fishing or even camping and they want to take a nap and you don't want to leave them somewhere else, out of site to sleep. Because children get tired and want to nap at the most random times. I love my peapod tent and I love my children and I have never ever had a problem and I love this product, most recalls are due to human error instead of factory error. I am sorry a child lost his life.


  • Amber...
    -- Facebook comment from

    Amber Wright-obrien

    November 16, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    that was supposed to say the mattress *in* mine...


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