Weighted blankets recalled after 2 children die

A major retailer has recalled a brand of weighted blankets after they were linked to the suffocation of two children.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of roughly 204,000 children’s weighted blankets sold at Target stores online and across the country.

The blankets were came from the store’s Pillowfort brand, and were sold between December 2018 and September 2022 in a variety of colors and patterns marketed toward young children. The blankets sold for about $40 and were manufactured in China.

The recall was prompted after the blankets were linked to the death of two children in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The two victims, a four-year-old and a six-year-old, were killed by asphyxiation in April 2022.

The blankets weigh about six pounds and measure 60 inches by 40 inches. They also came with a removable washable cover fastened to the product by a zipper.

After an investigation, the CPSC found that children can easily become entrapped in the blankets by unzipping and entering them.

At least two more children have become trapped in the Pillowfort blankets, but neither incident lead to any deaths.

If you have purchased any Pillowfort blankets, the CPSC recommends you stop using them immediately and return them to Target for a refund.

They can be easily identified by the following product numbers on their tags: 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).

Target can also be contacted by phone at 800-440-0680 to arrange for a prepaid return label to return the products by mail. The retailer said they were also attempting to contact all known purchasers of the blankets to warn them about the recall.

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