Target is recalling about 204,000 Pillowfort Weighted Blankets after two children died after allegedly being “trapped” in the blanket’s cover, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
A recall information page on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website says a 4-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, reportedly “got caught in the cover of the weighted blanket”[ads1]; and died of suffocation in April 2022.
In total, Target has received “four reports of children being trapped in these weighted blankets,” including the two deaths, according to the commission.
The commission states that children can be “trapped by unzipping and entering the carpet”.
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Target is asking customers who purchased the product to stop using the weight blanket and contact the store for a refund.
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The rugs were sold exclusively at Target from December 2018 through September 2022 for $40.
“We send our deepest condolences and support to the family who lost their loved ones. As soon as we became aware of the situation, we acted quickly to begin removing Pillowfort Weighted Blankets from our range and have withdrawn all of these items from sale.” a Target spokesperson told FOX Business. “In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the product manufacturer, we are also initiating a full product recall and are in the process of notifying consumers. If a guest owns any of these products, they should immediately stop using them and return them to Target for full refund.”