Target recalls children’s weighted blankets due to 2 asphyxiation deaths

Target is recalling over 200,000 children’s weighted blankets after two fatalities were reported in North Carolina earlier this year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

In April, a 4-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl reportedly became entrapped in the cover of the weighted blanket and died due to asphyxia at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

The 6-pound Pillowfort blankets have a removable, waterproof and washable cover.

Target has received four total reports of children suffocating by unzipping and entering the blankets, including the two fatalities.

About 204,000 of the blankets will be recalled. CPSC and Target are urging consumers to stop using the weighted blankets and contact them for a refund.

The blankets were sold from December 2018 through September 2022 for $40.

Target is contacting all known purchasers directly to arrange returns. You can contact Target at 800-440-0680 or online and click on “Recall Information.”

Ciara Wells

Ciara Wells is a freelance digital writer/editor at WTOP. She is a recent graduate of American University where she studied journalism and Spanish. Before joining WTOP, she was the opinion team editor at a student publication and a content specialist at an HBCU in Detroit.

This content was republished with permission from CNN.

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