CPSC Recalls Target Product; Woven Trunk Can Injure Young Kids

Yesterday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of woven storage trunks sold by Target Corporation. The trunks pose a strangulation hazard to young children. Two children have been injured, one with crippling brain damage. The CPSC recall includes 350,000 woven storage trunks. They say the trunk’s lid can drop suddenly when it is released, posing a strangulation hazard for small children opening or reaching into the trunks.

Target is cooperating with the agency in the recall. They maintain that the trunks were not designed to be used as toy chests or intended for use by small children. Target urges anyone who bought the trunk from Target and has small children in their home to return it for a full refund.

On July 20, an 18-month-old girl in suburban Pittsburg suffered a crippling brain injury when the lid came down on the back of her neck and pinned her throat against the rim of the trunk. Her family sued Target in March for medical expenses and for pain and suffering on behalf of their daughter. They claim that Target endorsed the storage of children’s toys as one of the trunk’s intended uses. They bought the trunk online and said it didn’t come with any warnings. Target disputes that it is negligent or sold a defective product.

The recall covers 14 models of trunks made of woven rattan, abaca, and banana leaf. The trunks were sold only at Target stores nationwide and on Target.com from February 2009-April 2010. They were priced between $50 and $130 and made in China and the Philippines.

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