Check It Twice! Target Recalls 'Letters to Santa' Mailboxes Due to Sharp Slot, Laceration Incidents

by Lauren Leazenby
metal mailboxes for letters to Santa

Watch your hands: Target has recalled about 174,300 decorative metal mailboxes because the letter slot may be sharp, posing a risk of laceration. Target is offering refunds if you return the product. Here’s what to know and how to get yours.

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The Dec. 10 recall announcement said there have been nine reports of sharp mail slots. Seven laceration incidents have been reported, three of which required medical attention.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said the mailboxes — called “Letters to Santa Mailboxes” — were sold between October 2021 and November 2021 in single packs and two-packs. The affected model numbers are 234-17-8556 (single pack) and 234-20-9275 (two-pack). The pieces were made in China, and sold at Target stores nationwide and online at

You should stop using the recalled product immediately. Return the item to any Target store for a full refund in the form of a store gift card. You can also contact Target for a prepaid return label to send back the mailbox. You can reach the Minneapolis, Minn.-based company by calling 800-440-0680 or through the recalls page on the company’s website. For more consumer product safety information, go to

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