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Suffocation, entrapment risks prompt recall of KidCo's PeaPod travel bed

KidCo is recalling about 220,000 PeaPod and PeaPod Plus travel beds because of suffocation and entrapment risks.

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.

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 Consumer Product Safety Commission is aware of a death of a 5-month-old boy in December 2011 in New York; the baby 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 the mattress that had not been inserted into the zippered pocket on the bottom of the tent.

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.

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