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Target recalls over 200,000 weighted blankets after 2 children died

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:


  • Target recalled about 204,000 weighted blankets after federal regulators reported two deaths from asphyxiation earlier this year.
  • Young children are reportedly prone to becoming entrapped and suffocated in the blankets.
  • Consumers are instructed to return the blankets for a refund.

Around 204,000 weighted blankets have been recalled from Target after two children died of asphyxiation earlier this year.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), children are at risk of asphyxiation by becoming trapped inside the blanket when unzipping and entering it.

Two young girls, ages 4 and 6, were reportedly entrapped in the blankets at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in April. They died of asphyxiation.

There were two other reports of children becoming entrapped in the blankets, CPSC stated.

The $40 Pillowfort weighted blankets are manufactured in China. They measure 60 inches long and 40 inches wide, and weigh six pounds. They were sold online and in Target stores nationwide from December 2018 through September 2022.

The blankets come in eight colors or prints, with covers that are waterproof, removable, and washable.

The affected blankets have the following fabric tags attached to their covers:

  • Unicorn – White: 097-02-0140 
  • Space Navy: 097-02-0148
  • Pink: 097-02-0361
  • Blue: 097-02-0363
  • Gray: 097-02-0364
  • Buffalo Plaid – Red: 097-02-1603
  • Blue Constellation: 097-02-3904
  • Unicorn – Pink: 097-02-3905

Target and the CPSC warned consumers who purchased the blankets to stop using them and to contact the retailer for a $40 in Target credit.

The contact hotline at 800-440-0680 is available daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET. Customers will be given a prepaid return label so they can return the blankets at any Target location or by mail.

Target told USA TODAY that it has been informing known customers about the blanket.

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The retailer’s statement read, “We send our deepest condolences and support to the family that lost their loved ones. As soon as we became aware of the situation, we acted quickly to begin removing Pillowfort Weighted Blankets from our assortment and have pulled all of these items from sale.”

“If a guest owns any of these products, they should immediately stop using them and return them to Target for a full refund,” the company added.

Source: USA Today

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Roland

    December 27, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    When I was young we all knew people that had nice furniture and it was all covered in clear plastic. I don’t ever remember hearing that somebody’s stupid kid suffocated playing in them. And maybe in some cases it is referred to as natural selection I’m not saying in these cases but some times . And then who are the parents it could be said that this could be a case of bad parenting I’m not saying that but somebody could. It seems like a awful lot of trouble for just two children .

    • SANDI

      December 27, 2022 at 10:06 pm

      DO YOU HAVE ONE OF THESE BLANKETS TO BE SO SURE OF YOURSELF THAT IT IS NOT A FLAW IN THEM ..ONE THING WE SHOULD STOP BUYING FROM CHINA !! THEY MURDER THEIR OWN !! AND JUST 2 CHILDREN !!!! WHAT IF IT WAS ONE OF YOURS !! VERY COLD HEART YOU HAVE

  2. Georgina Sarotti

    December 27, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Full Refund or $40 in Target Store Credit? Which is it?

  3. r w

    December 28, 2022 at 12:05 am

    6 pounds? how in the world could that little bit of weight entrap a 4- and 6-year-old? Seems far-fetched or perhaps a cover up of something more heinous!!

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