Suffocation, Entrapment Risks Prompt Recall of PeaPod Travel Tents by KidCo

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with KidCo Inc., of Libertyville, Ill., is announcing the voluntary recall today of about 220,000 PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds.

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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.

In addition, CPSC is aware of six reports and Health Canada is aware of three reports of children who became entrapped or experienced physical distress in the product. Two of the six reports included infants who were found crying underneath of the mattress that had not been inserted into the zippered pocket on the bottom of the tent.   

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.

The travel tents were made in China and 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.  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 and click on Recall Info to receive the kit.

Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13043.html

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1718

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.

Firm's Recall Hotline: (855) 847-8600
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983

SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission



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