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TJX Says Recalled Products Could Choke, Strangle Babies

TJX, parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods in the U.S., announced a recall of Mittal International baby blankets sold in its stores.

According to a notice posted to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website, threads in the chenille weave blankets can come loose and detach, posing choking, entrapment and strangulation hazards.

The company estimates around 108,000 of the home textile products were sold in U.S. TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores, as well as an additional 3,500 sold in Canada at Winners, HomeSense and Marshalls stores between September 2021 and July 2022 for $10-$13. The impacted baby blankets came in cream, blush, taupe, mint, gray, lavender, ivory, ochre, pale blue, sage and terracotta colors with a “Made in India” hangtag with an elephant design. The blankets have fringe around the edges and measure about 32 inches by 40 inches.  

No incidents or injuries have been reported in relation to the blankets. TJX has asked consumers who have the blankets to stop using them and either return them to the store for a full refund or store credit.

Consumers also can dispose of the blankets themselves, and contact TJX for instructions on how to submit a photo of the recalled blanket, along with their contact information and written confirmation that they discarded the blanket to receive a full refund or a refund in the form of a store gift card. Recall information is available on the TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods websites, and consumers also can email customer service at customerservice@tjx.com.

Mittal International baby blankets

Product safety remains an ongoing problem for brands big and small. Adidas recently recalled a sneaker style worn by late NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Kids’ sleepwear sold by Amazon and JCPenney was flagged for safety concerns last month. Fire hazard risks were behind another children’s product recall in the spring while lead contamination was found in kids’ shoes available through Amazon. The e-commerce giant also had more than 15,000 foam mattresses subject to recall for violating federal flammability standards.

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