Target recalls over 200,000 weighted blankets after two children die, children may ‘lock themselves in’ product.

Target is recalling about 204,000 Pillowfort weighted blankets after two children died after reportedly being “pinched” in the blanket, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

A recall information page on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website states that a 4-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were reportedly “trapped in the weighted blanket cover” and subsequently died stifling in April 2022.

In all, Target has received “four reports of children becoming entangled in these weighted blankets,” including the two fatalities, according to the commission.

Target blanket recall

Target is recalling about 204,000 Pillowfort weighted blankets after two children died after reportedly being “pinched” in the blanket, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. (US Commission on Consumer Product Safety / Fox News)

The Commission states that children “can become trapped if they unzip and step on the ceiling”.

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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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A recall information page on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website states that a 4-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were reportedly “trapped in the weighted blanket cover” and subsequently died s (US Commission on Consumer Product Safety / Fox News)

The blankets sold exclusively at Target from December 2018 to September 2022 for $40.

“We send our deepest condolences and support to the family who have lost loved ones. As soon as we became aware of the situation, we acted quickly to remove Pillowfort weighted blankets from our range and have withdrawn all of these items from sale,” a Target spokesman told FOX Business. “We are also initiating a full product recall in partnership with the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the product manufacturer and are in the process of warning consumers. If a guest possesses any of these products, they should immediately stop using them and return them to the Target for a full refund.”

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