According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Target is recalling about 204,000 pillowtop weighted blankets after two children died after they were “smothered” in the blankets.
A recall information page on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website states that a 4-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were reportedly “covered in a weighted blanket.” Trapped” and later died. Expires in April 2022.
In total, Target has received “four reports of children encased in these weighted blankets,” including two deaths, according to the commission.
The commission said babies can “become infected by opening their jaws and getting into blankets.”
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Target is asking customers who purchased the product to stop using the weighted blanket and contact the store for a refund.
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The blankets are on sale exclusively at Target from December 2018 through September 2022 for $40.
“We send our deepest condolences and support to the families who lost their loved ones. When we became aware of the situation, we acted quickly to remove the Peloforte weighted blankets from our collection and all of them Remove the item 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 guests have had any of these products, they should immediately Stop using them and return them for a full refund.