Highly flammable fabrics and other fire hazards, such as faulty hair driers, still make it onto the market. Extinguish all doubt: Here are some recent recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
About 162,000 full-length women’s chenille robes have resulted in six deaths due to the robes catching on fire.
The robes, which were sold at Blair retail stores in Warren, Pa., Grove City, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., as well as online and by mail order, are being recalled by Blair and the commission. They were sold from January 2003 through March 2009 for $20 to $40.
The robes are made of plush sculpted chenille, and have a full-button front with long sleeves and two pockets. The robe’s sewn-in label says, “100% Cotton, RN 81700, Made in Pakistan,” and have the item numbers 3093111, 3093112, 3093113, 3093114, 3093115 or 3093116 on a label in the neckline.
Consumers should stop wearing the garments and contact Blair by calling (877) 392-7095, visiting the company’s Web site or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to return the robe and receive a refund or a $50 gift card for Blair merchandise.
About 9,500 children’s loungewear garments made by Warm Biscuit Bedding Co. are being recalled due to a violation of federal flammability standards that requires sleepwear and loungewear to be either snug-fitting or flame resistant, the CPSC reports.
The clothes, which come in a variety of styles, colors and prints, are described as “Lounge-Around-the-Housewear,” “Lounge-About-Housewear,” or “Short Sets,” have a warning label on the inside that says: "These garments do NOT comply with the Federal Flammability Standards and therefore are not suitable for sleepwear," and have style numbers 301101, 301102 and 301103 on their packaging.
They were sold in Warm Biscuit Bedding catalogs and on the Web from between January 2000 and March 2009 for $39 to $45.
Consumers should stop using the garments and contact Warm Biscuit Bedding at (800) 231-4231 or write to the Warm Biscuit Bedding Company, 140 Fulton St., New York, NY 10038 for a store credit.
About 2,300 National and Sanyo handheld hair dryers are being recalled by importer Vintage International due to an electrocution hazard. The hair dryers are not equipped with an immersion-protection device that prevents electrocution if it falls into water. These devices are required by industry safety standards for all electric hand-held hair dryers.
The hair dryers are made of plastic and chrome, have a fold-up handle and come in blue, pink, white and black. They have the model numbers EH-5202, EH-5215, EH-5216, EH-7911, EH-7912, or EH-7913 and “National” and “Sanyo” written on the blower nozzle or handle.
They were sold at various retail stores from January 2007 to August 2008 for between $20 and $40.
Consumers can return them to the store where they were purchased to get a full refund or replacement, or contact Vintage International at (888) 711-4656 for more information.
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