The retailer and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Thursday that Target is recalling about 204,000 weighted blankets sold nationwide following the suffocation deaths of two girls in April.
A statement released by the CPSC reports that two children, ages 4 and 6, were entrapped in a Boydfort blanket and died of suffocation at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Target has received four reports of children being trapped after unzipping and entering the blanket, including the two dead women, advertiser.
Made in China blankets are sold exclusively at Target stores and online from December 2018 through September 2022 for $40.
People should stop using the blankets immediately and contact Target for a refund, which will be in the form of a $40 store credit, commission He said. In addition, Target is “contacting all known buyers directly to arrange returns,” according to the CPSC.
“This product is a killer, and today’s action to immediately recall the product and offer consumers a refund is the only acceptable path forward,” CSPC Commissioner Richard Trumka said in a statement.
The six-pound blanket measures 60 inches long by 40 inches wide and has a removable, waterproof, washable cover. They came in eight prints or colors including the following:
Consumers need to present their receipt in order to return the blanket.
The target can be contacted Online or at 800-440-0680 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central time to obtain a prepaid return card to return the blankets by mail. Blankets can also be returned to any Target store.
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