220,000 Kids Travel Tents Recalled for Suffocation Dangers

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KidCo Inc. has recalled moret han 220,000 PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds because of suffocation and entrapment risks, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Why the product is being recalled: 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.

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 was not determined. There have also been six reports of children who became entrapped or experienced physical distress in the product, including two infants who were found crying underneath of the mattress that had not been inserted into the zippered pocket on the bottom of the tent.

 

Description: The KidCo PeaPod Travel Beds and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds are small, portable sleep tents marketed for use by infants from birth to 3+ 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. The tents fold into a compact round shape and come with a fabric bag for storage and transport.

The following models and corresponding tent fabric colors are included in this recall:

P100 Teal
P101 Red
P102 Lime
P103 Periwinkle
P104 Ocean
P201 Princess/Red
P202 Camouflage
P203 Quick Silver
P204 Sagebrush
P205 Cardinal
P900CS Green

(The model number can be found on a small tag on the underside of the product.)

Where it was sold: The travel tents were sold at independent juvenile specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from January 2005 through the present for between $70 and $100.

Consumers should immediately stop using the tents 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.

For more informatin, contact KidCo toll-free at (855) 847-8600 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.kidco.com to receive the kit.

View the full recall on the CPSC's website here.

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