Recall Alert! PeaPod Travel Tents by KidCo

Photo: CPSC / The Bump
Photo: CPSC / The Bump

On Friday, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and KidCo Inc., of Libertyville, IL, announced a recall of  about 220,000 PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds.

The CPSC says, “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.”

In December 2011, a five-month-old baby boy in New York City died, and was found with his face against the side wall of the tent — the cause of his death was not determined. There have been nine reports of children becoming entrapped or experiencing “physical distress” while in the tent. Some of the babies were found underneath the mattress — which hadn’t been zippered into place — and were crying.

The recall includes these model numbers (located on a small tag on the underside of the tent) and tent fabric colors:

P100 Teal
P101 Red
P102 Lime
P103 Periwinkle
P104 Ocean
P201 Princess/Red
P202 Camouflage
P203 Quick Silver
P204 Sagebrush
P205 Cardinal
P900CS Green

They were sold at independent juvenile specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from January 2005 through the present.

If you have one of the recalled tents at home, stop using it immediately and contact KidCo to get a free repair kit. Call toll-free at (855) 847-8600 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, go online to www.kidco.com. CPSC says, “The kits will vary depending on the model and will be shipped to consumers starting in December 2012.”

Want to make sure you don’t have any recalled baby gear at home? Read more of the latest baby product recalls.