TJX is recalling more than 100,000 baby blankets because they may pose “choking, entrapment and strangulation hazards.” The items were sold in stores nationwide.
The problem with TJX’s Mittal International chenille weave baby blankets is that the threads can actually “come loose” and end up detaching, according to the announcement on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website. This could then pose a potential hazard to the infant.
In a news release, the CPSC advised parents and caregivers to remove soft items such as blankets, stuffed toys and pillows from babies’ sleeping spaces, as these may pose suffocation hazards.
Meanwhile, in its latest report on injuries and deaths related to nursery items, the agency logged 87 deaths that were linked to cribs, playpens or bassinets/cradles. Most of the deaths, it noted, were linked to the presence of such soft items including comforters and extra bedding.
“Bare is best — a firm, flat surface in a crib, bassinet or play yard, without blankets, pillows or other items,” CPSC Chair Alex Hoehn-Saric said in the agency’s news release. “If you are worried about your baby getting cold, use warm pajamas–not blankets.”
In the case of the current recall, there have been no reports of injuries or incidents related to the use of the products. However, the company is urging those who have the recalled blanket to stop using them “immediately.” Instead, they could take them back to “any” T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods store, where they were sold, to get a full refund or store credit.
“Alternately, consumers can contact TJX for instructions on how to submit a photo of the recalled blanket, along with their contact information and written confirmation that they will discard the blanket to receive a full refund or a refund in the form of a store gift card,” the announcement noted.
The blankets were sold in various colors including cream, mint, lavender, blush, sage and gray. The edges of the blanket have a fringe, while the tags had an elephant design and the words “Made in India.”
About 108,000 units of the blankets were sold at the aforementioned stores nationwide from September 2021 until July this year. Additionally, some 3,550 were also sold in Canada, where customers may return the recalled items to HomeSense, Winners or Marshalls stores to get a refund.
The recalled blankets may be identified by the following style numbers printed on the sewn-in labels, as noted by the CPSC: “BSKTCREAM, BSKTCRM, BSKTIVO, BSKTIVRB, BSKTLAV, BSKTMGRY, BSKTMINT, BSKTOCHR, BSKT-OCHRE, BSKTRSMK, BSKT-SAGE, BSKTSPA, BSKTSLVR, BSKTTERRA, MI-B1, MI-B2, MI-B3, MI-B4, MI-BSK-223BL, MI-BSK-223BM, MI-BSK-227M, MI-BSK-237L, MI-BSK-240L, MI-BSK-240M, MI-BLUSH, MIBLUSH, MI-PBLUE, MI-NAT, MI-OCHRE, MIDMINT, MI-DMINT, MIPBLUE, MI-TAUPE, MITAUPE.”
Photos that show what the sewn-in tags look like are available on the CPSC website. Other photos of the blanket, including ones in other colors, are also available on the Health Canada website.
Those with questions about the recall may contact Marshalls at 888-627-7425, T.J. Maxx at 800-926-6299 or HomeGoods at 800-888-0776. Those in Canada may contact TJX at 1-800-646-9466.