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Louise Chang, MD
Nov. 16, 2012 -- KidCo is recalling 220,000 of its PeaPod and PeaPod Plus travel beds due to possible suffocation and entrapment risks for children.
The company announced the voluntary recall today in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Officials say infants and young children can roll off the edge of the inflatable air mattress and become entrapped between the mattress and fabric sides of the tent, and suffocate.
The CPSC says it is aware of one 5-month-old boy who died in December 2011 in New York City after he was found with his face pressed against the side wall of a PeaPod travel tent bed. The cause of death was not determined.
The CPSC is also aware of six reports of children who have become entrapped or experienced physical distress in the product. Two of the six reports included infants who were found crying underneath the mattress when it had not been inserted into the zippered pocket in the bottom of the tent.
In addition, Health Canada says it received three reports of children rolling over and becoming trapped between the mattress and sides of the PeaPod travel bed.
The KidCo PeaPod Travel Beds and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds are small, portable tents marketed for use by infants from birth to over age 3, depending on the model.
The tents have a zippered side for putting in and taking out the child and an inflatable air mattress that fits into a zippered pocket at the floor of the tent. The travel beds fold into a compact round shape and come with a fabric bag for storage and travel.
The following models and corresponding tent colors are included in the recall:
You can find the model number on a small tag on the underside of the product.
The travel beds were sold nationwide between January 2005 and 2012 for between $70 and $100.
Owners of KidCo travel beds should stop using the tents immediately and contact KidCo to get a free repair kit on KidCo's web site or by calling toll-free at (855) 847-8600.
Libertyville, Ill.-based KidCo says the repair kit includes a thinner replacement mattress and braces to strengthen the sides of the tent. The kits will be mailed out starting in mid-December.
Pictures of the recalled products and more information on the recall are available on the CPSC web site.
SOURCES:News release, Consumer Product Safety Commission.News release, Health Canada.News release, KidCo.
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