Retail giant Target is recalling more than 200,000 weighted blankets that caused two young children’s death by suffocation earlier this year.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Target Corporation, the recall revolves around 204,000 Pillowfort Weighted Blankets made from China, which have been sold exclusively by Target from December 2018 through September 2022.
The blankets weigh 6 pounds, measure 60 inches long and 40 inches wide. They have a removable, waterproof, washable cover.
The federal agency claimed that a young child can unzip the cover and become trapped inside.
In April, 2 young girls, ages 4 and 6, reportedly became entrapped in the cover and died due to asphyxia at camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
So far this year, Target has received 4 reports of children becoming entrapped in these weighted blankets, including the two girls’ deaths.
As reported by The Wall Street Journals, Target announced that it has stopped selling these blankets at its physical and online stores.
Moreover, it is working with the CPSC and Chinese suppliers to carry out a complete recall of this type of product.
Customers are also required to immediately stop using the product and contact Target for a full refund.