Target Corporation and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently issued a recall of 350,000 woven storage trunks months after the lid of one of the trunks slammed shut on the neck of an 18-month-old child, who suffered severe brain damage as a result.
The recall involves 14 models of trunks made of rattan, abaca, or banana leaf with standard hinges. The trunks were sold at Target stores nationwide between February 2009 and April 2010 and cost between $50 and $130. The products were made in China and the Philippines and can be returned to any Target store for a full refund or replacement product.
The recall notice warns that the lids of the trunks can drop suddenly without notice and pose a safety hazard to young children. Thus far there have been two reports of injuries, including the 18-month-old girl, who was injured after the lid slammed on the back of her neck when she was reaching inside of the trunk.