About 350,000 woven storage trunks have been recalled by Target Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn. The lid of the trunk can drop suddenly when released, posing a strangulation hazard to small children opening or reaching into the trunks. CPSC has received two reports of injuries that occurred when the storage trunks’ lids suddenly closed on children, including one report of an 18-month-old girl who reportedly suffered brain damage when the trunk’s lid came down on the back of her neck and pinned her throat against the rim of the trunk. The recall involves 14 different models of the storage trunks made of woven rattan, abaca or banana leaf with standard hinges. They measure more than 1.1 feet in length, width and depth and are brown or natural color. The trunks were sold at Target stores nationwide and on the Web at www.target.com from February 2009 through April 2010 for between $50 and $130. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled storage trunks and return them to any Target store for a full refund or replacement product. For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680, or visit their website at www.target.com.
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