January 28, 2023

Pillowfort weighted blanket (Photo: CPSC)

Target has recalled more than 200,000 weighted blankets after they were linked to the deaths of 2 children (Photo: CPSC)

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

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of approximately 204,000 children’s weighted blankets sold in Target stores online and across the country.

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

The recall was prompted after the blankets were linked to the deaths of two children at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The two victims, a four-year-old and a six-year-old, died of suffocation in April 2022.

The blankets were sold at Target between 2018 and 2022 (Photo: CPSC)

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

After investigating, the CPSC found that children can easily become entangled in the covers by unzipping them and getting in.

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

The recalled blankets can be recognized by the product numbers (photo: CPSC)

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

They are 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 (Grey), 097-02-1603 (Buffalo Plaid – Red), 097-02-3904 (Blue Constellation) and 097-02-3905 (Unicorn – Pink).

You may also contact Target by phone at 800-440-0680 to arrange a prepaid return label to return the products in the mail. The retailer said they were also trying to contact all known purchasers of the blankets to warn them about the recall.

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