The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Target on Thursday recalled about 200,000 Pillowfort Weighted Blankets.
The federal agency said in a news release that a young child can become entrapped by unzipping and entering the blanket, posing a risk of death by asphyxiation.
The CPSC said two girls, ages 4 and 6, reportedly became trapped inside the cover and died due to asphyxia in April at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Target has received four reports of children becoming entrapped in these weighted blankets, including the two fatalities, the agency said.
CPSC and Target are urging consumers to stop using the recalled weighted blankets immediately and contact Target for refunds.
The agency said the blankets weigh 6 pounds, measure 60 inches long and 40 inches wide, and have a removable, waterproof, washable cover. The blankets come in eight prints or colors, including unicorn white, space navy, pink, blue, gray, buffalo plaid red, blue constellation, and unicorn pink.
The item numbers — 097-02-0140 (Unicorn – White), 097-02-0148 (Space Navy), 097-02-0361(Pink), 097-02-0363 (Blue), 097-02-0364 (Gray), 097-02-1603 (Buffalo Plaid – Red), 097-02-3904 (Blue Constellation) and 097-02-3905 (Unicorn – Pink) — are printed on the fabric tag attached to the removable covers of the blankets, the CPSC said.
Target exclusively sold the recalled weighted blankets at Target stores nationwide and online at www.target.com, the agency said, adding that the blankets were sold from December 2018 through September 2022 for $40.
Consumers can contact Target at 800-440-0680 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST daily to receive a prepaid return label to return the blankets by mail, or consumers can return them to any Target store, the agency said.
Target also is directly contacting all known purchasers to arrange returns, the CPSC said. Consumers will receive the $40 refund in the form of a credit for use at Target stores or online at www.target.com — or the amount on the purchase receipt if higher.
Target recalls children’s weighted blankets after two deaths