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KidCo Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Infant Travel Tent

Libertyville company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recall 220,000 PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds due to suffocation risk.

Libertyville, IL-based KidCo Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 220,000 PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds following a baby's death and numerous reports of infants becoming entrapped, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said.

The recall affects 220,000 PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds, the CPSC said. 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, according to a release.

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 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s web site to receive the kit.

CPSC is aware of a death of a five-month-old boy in December 2011 in New York, N.Y., 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 in the U.S. and three reports in Canada where  children 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 release stated.

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 specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from January 2005 through the present for between $70 and $100.

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