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Suffocation, entrapment risks prompt recall of child travel tents

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KidCo Inc. announced the recall of about 220,000 PeaPods like this one because of safety risks. KidCo Inc. announced the recall of about 220,000 PeaPods like this one because of safety risks.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KYTX) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in
cooperation with KidCo Inc., of Libertyville, IL, is announcing the
voluntary recall today of 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.

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 to receive the kit.

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