MSNBC reports that, “The U.S. government on Tuesday announced a recall of 44,000 pink baby blankets, saying the giraffe decorations on the blankets pose a choking hazard.” The recall is voluntary. The blankets are made by Rashti & Rashti and were “sold at Target stores between January and August of 2009.” The blanket is pictured to the left and refund information can be found here on the Rashti & Rashti website.
Consumer Reports announced yesterday that Target is also recalling 350,000 woven storage trunks “after an 18-month-old girl suffered brain damage when the lid of a trunk fell down on the back of her neck and pinned her throat against the rim.” Two additional reports of injury have been filed with the Consumer Product Safety Commission after trunk lids closed on children.
Consumer Reports notes that the “trunks were sold in 14 styles and several sizes (see the recall notice) at Target stores and online from February 2009 through April 2010 for between $50 and $130. Because they were not sold as toy chests, they were not required to meet the mandatory federal regulations for safety hinges on toy chest lids.”
They stress that it’s important “if you have a toy chest, or any chest, with a free-falling hinged lid, the safest thing to do is remove the lid entirely.” I know my daughter used to love to climb into our old wicker hamper, which had a lid. It was a pretty light lid, but I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry. The recalled trunks are pictured below, and they seem pretty harmless to me, so I certainly don’t blame anyone who assumed they’d be safe. Target is advising consumers to return the trunks to Target stores.