Suffocation, Entrapment Risks Prompt Recall of PeaPod Travel Tents

Children can become trapped between the mattress and the fabric sides of the tent and suffocate

KidCo Inc., of Libertyville, IL, is Recalling about 220,000 PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds.

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.

Death, injuries reported

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is aware of a death of a 5-month-old boy in December 2011 in New York. The child 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, which 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, made in China, 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.

Contact KidCo toll-free at (855) 847-8600 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT.

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